Our football match prediction:
Olimpik Donetsk were struggling to find their best form during the pre-season, but they did remarkably well to beat Oleksandria in the opening match of the new Ukrainian Premier League campaign. Roman Sanzhar’s men regained a much-needed confidence and it remains to be seen if that is going to help them beat PAOK in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. The Dikefalos Tou Vorra made it to the Europa League knockout stages last term, but Schalke 04 proved to be a big catch for the Greek outfit. PAOK once again aim to book their place in the group stages and we predict that they are going to grab something from Thursday’s football match. Considering that Stadion Dynamo im. Valery Lobanovsky will host the game, there is every chance the two teams will share the spoils in the first leg.
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.