Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
The ground at Toumba Stadium will shake when PAOK and Hajduk Split face each other in a highly-anticipated Conference League qualifier. The two sides played out a boring goalless draw in Split and yet another close encounter is on the cards. Midfielder Douglas Augusto is back from suspension, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team. Experienced midfielder Stefan Schwab is pushing for a recall to the starting XI.
The Croats, on the other hand, head into Thursday’s clash following a routine 3-0 win over Slaven Belupo, but beating PAOK in Thessaloniki is easier said than done. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on draw. As always, a man to keep an eye on in the visiting team will be Marko Livaja, who scored a brace at the weekend.
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.