Our football match prediction:
Olimpik Donetsk and PAOK played out a 1-1 draw at Stadion Dynamo im Valery Lobanovsky in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round and, as a result, the Greeks are seen as favourites to make it to the play-offs. A goalless draw with the Ukrainian side would see the Black and whites book their place in the next qualifying round, but given the quality of Aleksandar Stanojevic’s team, we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. Slovakia international Robert Mak will be one of the men to watch in the home team and there is every chance the visitors will return home empty-handed. Olimpik Donetsk are after their first ever win in European competitions and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling PAOK’s party at Stadio Toumbas. Serbian attacker Aleksandar Prijovic is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts against Olimpik.
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.