Our match prediction:
Dinamo Tbilisi face a difficult task in the Europa League play-offs. The Georgian side take on PAOK in the Champions League, PAOK who failed to eliminate Ajax in the Champions League third qualifying round. The Greeks aim to get their job done in the first leg, but Thursday’s football match against Dinamo Tbilisi will be anything but a walk in the park for the visitors. Juraj Jarabek’s men are tough to beat at home and they head into the match following a 3-0 win over Guria in the national championship. PAOK, on the other hand, have yet to kick off new Greek Super League campaign and that might prove to be a big problem for the away team in Thursday’s game against the Georgians. The Greeks will be more than happy with a share of spoils and we predict that there will be no winner in the first leg. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in European competition.
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.