Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium will be the centre of attention when Panathinaikos and Olympique Marseille face each other in the Champions League third qualifying round, first leg. PAO set up a meeting with Marseille by eliminating Dnipro-1 in the two-legged tie, but they will have a mountain to climb in the upcoming double-header. A man to watch in the home team will be Andraz Sporar as the Slovenia attacker has already found his goal-scoring touch.
OM’s preseason, on the other hand, was a mixed bag, with the team beating both Nimes and RKC Waalwijk, while losing to Eupen and Bayer Leverkusen. Even though the club chiefs have signed the likes of Renan Lodi, Iliman Ndiaye, Ismaila Sarr, and Geoffrey Kondogbia, the share of spoils is on the cards as Panathinaikos are tough to beat at home. PAO defenders should have Chile superstar Alexis Sanchez at bay.
Highlighted Player (Alexis Sanchez):
Alexis Sanchez is a Chilean football player born on 19th of December 1988. Sanchez started playing football for Cobreloa and played for Colo Colo, River Plate, Udinese and FC Barcelona before he started playing for Arsenal in 2014. The Chilean player is active for the national team as well.
Alexis Sanchez is a right winger and is known for his speed, agility and stamina. Alexis Sanchez won several prizes in his career such as the Primera Division, World Cup for club teams, the FA cup and the Copa America. In 413 games in his career Alexis Sanchez made 112 goals.
Alexis Sanchez’ nickname was give by the Colo Colo fans and is El Nino Maravila which literally means The Wonder Kid. In 2014-2015 Alexis Sanchez was placed in the PFA team of the year and got nominated as Player of the year.
Highlighted Team (Panathinaikos):
Despite being founded on 3 February, 1908, Panathinaikos won their first domestic trophy in 1930. However, they quickly established themselves as one of the biggest clubs in Greece. Oi Prasinoi clinched their 20th Greek Superleague trophy in 2010, with the team finishing the season six points clear of their fiercest rivals Olympiakos.
There have always been fireworks in meetings between the two capital clubs and the clash between the two sides is well known as the “Derby of eternal enemies”. According to UEFA Panathinaikos are the second most-popular team football team in Greece. Speaking of the club’s European success, PAO made it to the 1970/1971 European Cup (Champions League) final, but Ajax proved to be a big catch for the Greek side in the title game.
It is well known that green trifolium (shamrock) is the club’s emblem. Giorgos Karagounis, Djibril Cisse, Emmanuel Olisadebe, Paulo Sousa and Goran Vlaovic are notable footballers who played for PAO in the past. Giourkas Seitaridis, Antonis Nikopolidis, Kostas Chalkias, Angelos Basinas, Giannis Goumas and Dimitris Papdopoulos are Panathinaikos players who helped Greece win the 2004 European Championship trophy.