Place: Creece. Thessaloniki. Toumba Stadium.
Date: on the 29th of August, 2018 (Wednesday)
Match start: 20:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Champions League. 4th qualification round. Return legs.
PAOK (the head coach Răzvan Lucescu)
In the first match in Lisbon between the vice-champions of Portugal and Greece the guests have achieved the result which is quite accepted for them (1:1). Though till 76th minute Benfica was winning with the score (1:0) and confidently controlled the game course.
But, nevertheless, in fifteen minutes prior to the end of the main time of the match the Egyptian midfielder Amr Warda who came off the substitutes’ bench at the beginning of the second half and has scored equalizer and therefore has radically changed the development of further events in match of this pair.
Now, at the forthcoming return game on home arena, the team of Răzvan Lucescu will be glad even with the goalless draw. We will remind you that the new championship of Greece started only on the last August week-end and in the very first round in frames of the home match with football club Asteras, the vice-champion of the national Superleague has won with the score (1:0). And now here, at Toumba stadium, the hosts will try to keep the gained advantage over the grandee of the Portuguese football.
Benfica (the head coach Rui Vitória)
In the previous third qualification round of the Champions League the Lisbon Eagles has spent the first match against Fenerbahçe Turkey on Estádio da Luz and has won this meeting with the score (1:0). And already then, during the return match in Istanbul, Rui Vitória’s team has tied the game (1:1).
Of course, after the penalty that was scored on the 45th minute, the coaching staff of Benfica was dreaming to repeat the scenario of the match with the Turkish club in the second half, that is, to play on keeping the minimum advantage.
Alas! This time Rui Vitória’s plan hasn’t worked. But, eventually, Benfica can solve the question of its qualification into an autumn group stage of club championship of Europe on home arena. Let’s remember that it was Lisbon club which in recent away match with Fenerbahçe (1:1) has scored the first goal.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match PAOK vs. Benfica
So, what do we have now? The result of the first Lisbon match makes it possible for the hosts to keep the gained advantage. That is, during the return game the safety of the gate will be the most important task of the vice-champion of Greece. Of course, in this situation the course of the game will be under control of the guests. And that is why we propose such logical quotations of the main outcomes: PAOK – 2.90, Benfica – 2.35.
In order to get into in the main draw of the Champions League the guests will be pleased with the victory or a productive draw (2:2, 3:3 and so on). The overtime will be appointed in case of the score 1:1, that is, additional 30 minutes of the game. But, anyway, the most probable scenario of return game means standard total 2.0.
Total over (2.0) – odds 1.74 Asianodds
PAOK (Asian Handicap +0.5) – odds 1.75 Dafabet