Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Philips Stadion will host Thursday’s Europa League game between PSV and PAOK, the two teams who are eyeing a top-two finish in Group E. PSV aim to get their revenge of PAOK for a 4-1 loss in Thessaloniki, and they head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Twente in the Eredivisie. The Red-Whites are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they will have to prove their worth on the field.
In their first home game of the process PSV suffered a 2-1 loss to Granada. A man to watch in the home team will be Malen, who found the net in the 1-1 draw with Twente at the weekend. PAOK, on the other hand, have been in a splendid form of late, with the team eyeing their fifth consecutive win in all competitions. The Eagles are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Eindhoven, and even though PSV are tough to beat at home, share of spoils is on the cards.
Highlighted Player (Mario Gotze):
Mario Gotze is a German midfielder, who played for Ronsberg and Eintrach Hombruch during his youth career before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2001. He made a great progress during his spell at the Borussia Dortmund’s youth academy and on 21 November, 2009 he made his Bundesliga debut for the Millionaires.
Gotze scored 22 goals in 83 league appearances for the club between 2009 and 2013 and he joined Borussia Dortmund’s bitterest rivals Bayern Munich on April, 2013. The German midfielder, who is capable of playing as a striker as well, failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, but it has to be noted that he was struggling with injury at the start of the season.
Gotze won three Bundesliga trophies with Bayern Munich, but at the end of the 2015/2016 season he returned to Borussia Dortmund. In 2014 he represented Germany at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and he scored the winner in the final against Argentina. Mario Gotze was born in Memmingen on 3 June, 1992.
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.