Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Toumba Stadium will host Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier between PAOK and Benfica. The Greeks outplayed Besiktas easier than expected in the second qualifying round, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against the Primeira Liga outfit. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be England attacker Chuba Akpom, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.
The Eagles, on the other hand, have been struggling to find their form after the coronavirus football break, and, as a result, they failed to defend the domestic trophy. Benfica have big ambitions for the upcoming season, and summer signings Luca Waldschmidt, Pedrinho, Everton, and Darwin Nunez will surely help them improve their game. Considering that there will be no spectators at Toumba Stadium, we are tempted to put our money on the Portuguese club this time out.
Highlighted Player (Omar El Kaddouri):
Omar El Kaddouri is a Moroccan footballer born in Brussels, Belgium on August 21, 1990. El Kaddouri was an Anderlecht player at the start of his senior career, but he did not see any game action for the Belgian side in the Jupiler League.
The 187-cm tall midfielder played for Brescia, Suditrol, Napoli, Torino and Empoli before signing a four-year deal with PAOK on August 24, 2017. The Morocco international won the Greek Cup with the black and whites, with the team beating AEK Athens in the title game. Omar El Kaddouri scored his first goal for the Greek side in a 3-1 victory over Panionios in April, 2018.
On the other hand, the PAOK midfielder made his Morocco debut in August, 2014 in a friendly against Burkina Faso. He opened his goal-scoring account with the Morocco national team on May 23, 2014 in a 4-0 victory over Mozambique. His main position is attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Benfica):
Member of the ‘Big Three’ clubs in Portugal alongside FC Porto and CP Sporting, Sport Lisboa e Benfica are the football club that has never been relegated from the Primeira Liga. The club is nicknamed Aguias because of the Eagle symbol atop the club’s crest. Benfica play their home games at the Estadio da Luz which replaced the original one in 2003 and which boasts the capacity of more than 64,000. Arguably the most successful club in Portugal, Benfica have won a record of 35 Primeira Liga titles and also a record 25 Taca de Liga and 7 Taca da Liga trophies.
Two-time European Cup winners, Benfica are the club known for their diligent work with youth players, many of which went on to make great careers abroad. The most prominent players to wear a Benfica shirt are legendary Eusebio, Manuel Bento, Jorge Tavares and most recently Javier Saviola, Nuno Gomes, David Luiz and Angel Di Maria.