Our match prediction:
Panathinaikos have been producing fine performances in the 2016/2017 Europa League campaign. By beating the likes of AIK and Brondby in the qualifiers, PAO booked their place in the group stages of the competition, but they have not been handed an easy draw. The Greek team will face the likes of Ajax, Celta Vigo and Standard in the “Group of death”, but they are certainly capable of making it to the knockout stages of the European competition. Panathinaikos face Ajax in their opener, the Dutch team who head into Thursday’s football match following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Vitesse. The Amsterdammers have recorded only one win in previous five away games in the Europa League and that is the main reason why we predict the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the match. When the two teams met in a friendly last year Ajax emerged triumphant and, no doubt, the Greeks are hungry for revenge.
Highligted Player (Mehdi Abeid):
Mehdi Abeid is an Algerian professional footballer who played for France youth teams. He represented les Tricolores at the 2009 UEFA European U17 Championship, making appearance in each of the three group games. Abeid played for France U16, U18 and U23 teams as well in the past, but he then decided to represent Algeria on the international stage at senior level. The 180-cm-tall midfielder, who was born in Montreuil, France on 6 August, 1992 made his Algeria debut in June, 2015, coming as a substitute in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Seychelles. Speaking of his club career, the Algerian international played for the likes of Newcastle United, St. Johnstone and Panathinaikos in the past before joining French team Dijon in 2016. The Dijon midfielder scored three goals in 24 league appearances for Panathinaikos in the 2015/2016 season. Mehdi Abeid is capable of playing as both defensive midfielder and a central midfielder.
Highlighted Team (Ajax):
Ajax are a Dutch football club that was founded on 18 March, 1900. Ajax are well known for their youth academy, which regarded as one of the best youth football schools in the world. The likes of Johan Cruijff, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Rafael van der Vaart and Marco van Basten are all products of Ajax’s football academy. The Amsterdammers share a big rivalry with Feyenoord and there have always been fireworks when the two teams face each other in De Klassieker. During the seventies Feyenoord and Ajax were the only two teams who were capable of winning the domestic trophies, while PSV have been playing an important role in Dutch football in the 21st century. PSV and Ajax are regarded as big rivals as well and the two teams square off against each other in De Topper. Ajax play their home games at Amsterdam ArenA, the stadium that was opened on 14 August, 1996. The Amsterdammers won their fourth European Cup (Champions League) trophy in 1995, beating Milan in the title game in Vienna.