Our match prediction:
A place in the Champions League fourth qualifying round will be at stake when Ajax and PAOK take on each other in a two-legged tie. The Amsterdammers were eliminated by Rapid Wien in the 2015/2016 Champions League qualifying campaign and they are eager to book their place in the group stages of the elite competition this time out. The Dutch outfit were on the verge of clinching the Eredivisie title last season, but they dropped two points against De Graafschap on the last day of the season and, as a result, their fierce rivals PSV won the domestic trophy. PAOK, on the other hand, aim to book their place in the Champions League group stages for the first time ever, but seeing that they are on an eight-game winless run in the elite competition, we predict that they are going to suffer a loss to Ajax in Tuesday’s football match at Amsterdam Arena.
Highligted Player (Joel Veltman):
Joel Veltman is a Dutch footballer who was born in Velsen on 15 January, 1992. Veltman started his youth career at VV Ijmuiden and in 2011 he was spotted by Ajax scouts. In the 2012/2013 Eredivisie campaign he played for the first team and he made seven league appearances for the Amsterdammers back then. The centre back, who plays as a right back as well made six appearances for Jong Ajax as well, scoring one goal for the team in the Eerste Divisie. Veltman has 8 caps for Netherlands U20 team and he made his debut for the first team in November 2013 against Colombia. He started the match and he played 90 minutes in the goalless draw with the South American side. Joel Veltman represented the Oranje at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It has to be noted that the Dutch defender made 34 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign, scoring one goal in the process. In the 2013/2014 season he won his second Eredivisie trophy with Ajax.
Highlighted Team (PAOK):
PAOK are regarded as one of the most famous clubs in Greece. The club’s biggest rivals are Olympiakos, but they have a great rivalry with local rivals Aris as well. The Double-headed eagle play their home games at Toumba Stadion Thessaloniki and the capacity of the venue is 28 803. PAOK are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they often struggle when playing on the travels. The club won their first Greek Superleague title in 1976 and nine years later their clinched their second domestic trophy, finishing the season three points clear of Panathinaikos. Speaking of the club’s European success, the Black and Whites made it to the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1973/1974 season, but they were outplayed by Italian giants Milan in the two-legged tie. PAOK were founded on 20 April, 1926 and they play their home games in black and white shirts and black shorts. The club’s away colours are white.