PAOK will welcome Ajax to the Toumba Stadium in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League third-round qualifier. With both teams coming into this qualifier in great form, which team will gain an advantage ahead of the 2nd leg? Read on for PAOK vs Ajax betting tips and predictions.
PAOK Thessaloniki FC had a fine domestic campaign last season and was crowned as the champions in the Super League Greece with a 5-point advantage in hand. They were unbeaten throughout the season and failed to come out on top on just four occasions. However, a big question mark looms large over whether they will be able to keep their winning streak intact as they face the dominant Eredivisie champions on Wednesday.
The hosts may have won the Greek title last term, but they are going to need work in order to make an impact in this clash. They head into this game with a horrible run of form in Europe behind them. They won just 1 of their Europa League group matches last term, losing 5 out of 6. That came after a failed attempt to make the Champions League group stage, which saw them fall short against Benfica.
Ajax certainly made headlines with their performance in the previous edition of the Champions League, where they went as far as the semi-finals with a fairly youthful and inexperienced squad. The Dutch giants did sign off their campaign in style with the Eredivisie trophy safely in their cabinet. Despite the transfer window hitting them hard with a few of their notable names with the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong leaving the roster, the squad has not shown any signs of slowing down and have already clinched the Super Cup with a very convincing performance against PSV Eindhoven. Ajax also has brought in 3 new center-backs this summer – Edson Alvarez from Mexico, Lisandro Martinez from Argentina and 18-year-old Kik Pierie.
- PAOK & Ajax have seen over 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches.
- The last 5 fixtures between these 2 teams have all seen both teams score.
- PAOK have won 5 of their last 6 preseason friendlies (D1).
- PAOK have lost 4 of their last 6 home Champions League ties.
- Ajax have won 5, drawn 3, and lost 1 of their 8 matches.
- Ajax are undefeated in their last 5 matches against PAOK Thessaloniki (W2 D3).
PAOK were brilliant during their preseason friendlies, winning 5 and drawing 1 of their last 6, and I think they’re going to continue that impressive run when they meet an attack-minded Ajax. However, it’ not going to be an easy match as the Dutch side are currently undefeated in their last 5 matches against the hosts, so we’re tipping a 2-2 draw here since neither sides have ever kept a clean sheet against each other so far.
PAOK Thessaloniki FC vs Ajax Predictions
Over 2.25 Goals (1.85), BTTS yes (1.90)
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