Our match prediction:
As expected, PAOK rolled over Dinamo Tbilisi in the Europa League play-off, first leg. The Greeks hammered the Georgian outfit in the first leg and they are now on a quest to defend their big lead in Thursday’s football match in Thessaloniki. PAOK were more than unfortunate not to beat Ajax in the Champions League third qualifying round, but they are on the right track to make it to the Europa League group stages. The Greeks play well on home soil and we predict that Dinamo Tbilisi are going to return home empty-handed. It has to be noted that PAOK managed to keep five clean sheets in previous six home games in the Europa League. Pereyra came as a substitute and scored in the first leg and there is every chance the Argentine midfielder is going to start this time out. Anyhow, home win appears on the cards.
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.