Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes will host Thursday’s football game between Granada and PAOK. Los Granadinos kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 2-1 win over PSV, and given their display in a 1-0 win over Getafe, it is no wonder the Andalusians are seen as favourites to beat PAOK. You should keep in mind, though, that experienced attacker Roberto Soldado is out of contention after he was tested positive for coronavirus.
The Greeks, on the other hand, failed to turn their dominance into victory in a 1-1 draw with Omonia. PAOK are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s showdown, but preventing Granada attackers from scoring is easier said than done. Los Granadinos have been in a fine form of late, and we predict that they will give fans yet another reason for celebration in their first home game of the process.
Highlighted Player (Roberto Soldado):
Roberto Soldado is regarded as one of the most famous footballers in the history of Villarreal. The meaning of his surname in Spanish is “the warrior” and it has to be noted that he began his football career at Real Madrid, playing from the B team between 2002 and 2006. The pacey attacker made 16 appearances and scored two goals for the first team, but he was producing the best performances of his career during his three-year spell at Valencia.
Soldado scored 59 goals in 101 appearances for los Che, but in 2013 he signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £26 million. The Spanish attacker, who was born on 27 May, 1985 in Valencia, scored for the Spurs on his debut in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, but he netted the goal from the penalty spot.
Soldado failed to impress in the 2014/2015 Premier League campaign with Tottenham and, as a result, he was sold to Villarreal on 14 August, 2015. Speaking of his international career, the Villarreal attacker made his Spain debut in June, 2007 against Latvia.
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.