Here is our soccer prediction with review for 21.08.2018.
It remains to be decided which teams will participate in the group stage of the Champions League this season. We are already in the playoffs phase, where the last 6 contestants will be selected. In one of the most interesting games, the teams of Benfica and PAOK face each other. The first match will be played in Lisbon, while Greece’s revenge is a week later.
News for the hosts
Benfica started her participation in the tournament of the third qualifying round, where she had to confront the Turkish Fenerbahce in order to move forward. Benfica won 1-0 home in the first game and came to a 1-1 draw to win the place in the playoffs. Portugal has also begun the championship, with two rounds of it. In them Benfica recorded 2 wins. The statistics for the official matches of this season are 3 wins and 1 draw. Philippe Covinovich, Jonas and the new addition to the attack, Nicolas Castillo, are having problems and will be questioned about this game.
The news about the guests
PAOK has also recorded several official matches so far in the campaign. The Greek team started their participation in the race of the 2 qualifying round where they met Basel. PAOK won both matches to move forward and meet Russian Spartak Moscow. In the first match the Russians led with 0-2 in the result, but the hosts of PAOK managed to make a sensational turn to 3-2 in the first part and congratulated with the victory. On the rematch, the game ended without any hits, so PAOK made it to the front. Team stats are also 3 wins and 1 draw. Left back Dorian Leveque is questionable about the match, but other missing ones are not expected.
Benfica vs. PAOK
The two teams have a total of 4 matches amongst European club tournaments. The statistics are in favor of the Portuguese team – 3 wins, and PAOK has 1 success, but as a guest of the “Lisbon Eagles”. For the last two teams played against each other in the Europa League 16-finals in the 2013/2014 season. Benfica then won the first match as a guest with 0-1, then defeated home 3-0. Sure, both teams will show us interesting things in the match between them. Benfica had difficulty with Fenerbahce, but managed to do it, and he also made a strong start on the home scene. PAOK impressed everyone with the removal of Basel and Spartak Moscow, and eventual success over Benfica will be truly indicative of the team’s class. We are expecting a fairly controversial fight, in which we feel that PAOK will not lose much. Benfica is the big favorite, but the Greek team is enjoying a great form, and this can bring him a good result. Our prediction is +1.5 goal handicap for PAOK and a second option under 3.5 goals.
Soccer prediction for Benfica – PAOK – Away +1.5 or Under 3.5 goals
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