Benfica vs PAOK (By: Frantik)
Both teams advanced to this stage after knockout matches in the previous round. Benfica fell the most serious opponent of all possible. Turkish Fenerbahce looked pretty good, but at the end of the confrontation lost to the Portuguese 1:2.
Now Benfica have to play with PAOK. The Greek team in the previous round dealt with the Moscow Spartak, which in the 20th minute of the first meeting lost with a difference of 2 goals. In the second leg, the Greeks showed the wonders of the defensive game, for PAOK played Luis Adriano, who in the middle of the first half grabbed a stupid red card that turned the game.
The teams played against each other four times in European competitions. Three times out of four guests were stronger. In 1999, at the group stage of the UEFA Cup, both matches between the teams ended with a score of 1:2. The first meeting was won by Benfica in the second — PAOK. Double two took place in 2014 in the Europa League. The Portuguese won both matches in the knockout stage (4:0 total score).
The Portuguese championship has already started. In first match Benfica on the nature of the beat Vitoria Guimaraes 3:2, the second matches were replayed with Boavista 2-0 for PAOK in the first season were the matches against Basel in the Champions League.
But Benfica has a minus, which the Greeks are able to use several times during the season. It consists in a fairly weak defense. And it's because of the support zone of the team that did not allow the opponent to pass through it.
Whereas PAOK has quite a powerful attack. They not only scored Spartak in the return game, though, and had some great opportunities because I simply failed the final part of the attack.
Otherwise, PAOK looks like a team that is able to upset the Portuguese team at least once. Benfica, in response may send at the gates Greek team several goals.
Benfica vs PAOK prediction
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