PAOK vs Benfica Preview

PAOK vs Benfica

Competition – UEFA Champions League

Stadium – Toumba Stadium

Date: 29th August

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

After their hard fought 1-1 draw in the Lisbon derby at the weekend, Benfica now turn their attention to this Champions League game as they look to reach the next round.

Benfica are on the verge of missing the Champions League group stage and the £35 million windfall that comes with it, after they drew 1-1 with PAOK in the first leg.

Their 1-1 draw in the league on Saturday means they remain unbeaten in their local league and they have also not lost a game in the Champions League this season after eliminating Fenerbahce in the last round however this is their biggest task yet.

This has been a good summer for Greek clubs and PAOK will be looking to join AEK who already have one foot in the group stage to fly their country’s flag in the competition this season.

Olympiacos are also on the verge of reaching the Europa League group stage.

PAOK’s 1-1 draw in Lisbon a fortnight ago would have given them confidence that they can see out this game, and their record of just 3 losses in their last 13 Champions League game could see them scrape through here, but it is still an open game.

Benfica have lost just once in five meetings with PAOK.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

PAOK

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Benfica 1-1 PAOK Salonika 21 Aug, 2018 UEFA Champions League
D Spartak Moscow 0-0 PAOK Salonika 14 Aug, 2018 UEFA Champions League
W PAOK Salonika 3-2 Spartak Moscow 8 Aug, 2018 UEFA Champions League
W FC Basel 0-3 PAOK Salonika 1 Aug, 2018 UEFA Champions League
W PAOK Salonika 2-1 FC Basel 24 Jul, 2018 UEFA Champions League

Benfica

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Benfica 1-1 PAOK Salonika 21 Aug, 2018 UEFA Champions League
W Boavista 0-2 Benfica 18 Aug, 2018 Portuguese Liga
D Fenerbahce 1-1 Benfica 14 Aug, 2018 UEFA Champions League
W Benfica 3-2 Guimaraes 10 Aug, 2018 Portuguese Liga
W Benfica 1-0 Fenerbahce 7 Aug, 2018 UEFA Champions League

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Benfica 1-1 PAOK Salonika 21 Aug, 2018 UEFA Champions League
Benfica 3-0 PAOK Salonika 27 Feb, 2014 UEFA Europa League
PAOK Salonika 0-1 Benfica 20 Feb, 2014 UEFA Europa League

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