At the same time, when the match starts Cypriot APOEL against Azerbaijani “Karabakh”, in Greece, the start of the match between PAOK and Dutch “Ajax” — both are conflict will take place within the framework of the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League, the first round of which takes its beginning just this week.
The winners of these pairs will meet each other in the final round of the Euro Cup qualification, playoffs to play a place in the group stage. The losing team in Greco-Dutch confrontation will play against “Slovan” from Bratislava in the Slovak or Irish “Dundalk” in the Europa League.
- The coefficients and forecast
The Greek team has never played in the new season and after the end of the past only held a friendly meeting. Many friendly meetings.
All 8 test matches this summer, PAOK held in July, and met with 3 representatives of the Netherlands Eredivisie, though not direct competitors “Ajax”: “Alkmaar Centrecom”, “Zwolle” and “Fortuna Sittard” — defeat, a draw and a win, respectively, ended those clashes.
The match against AZ was a first for PAOK this summer and part of last played, so black-and-whites have not conceded in any of the next 7 games, 6 of which have opened the account. In addition, in 6 of these 7 matches were at least 3 goals in last 3 matches of the Greek team were missing.
For the summer only a narrow defeat of AZ was the only match which had less than 2 goals, or one of the pair of those which had not scored more than 2 goals (a 1:1 draw with “al-Teavana” from Saudi Arabia).
As the team from Greece, the Dutch team once got to the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League due to the fact that finished the previous season national championship in first place in the standings (and in addition, won the national Cup and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League).
No wonder the semi-final of the Champions League is considered the favorite not only for the passage to the round of the playoffs, but specifically in the first away match.
In contrast to his rival, Ajax have already started the season in the country and not only managed to win the super Cup of the Netherlands, having beaten PSV with 2:0, but played in the first round of Eredivise after friendly matches — both matches ended in a draw.
Despite the draw result, “sons of God” never lost in the new season, although 9 of their last 10 games with their participation were scored both sides. In addition, in 5 of the previous 7 games were at least 3 goals.
The coefficients and forecast
The Amsterdam team is considered the favorite to win, but the home team from Thessaloniki is not much inferior to them in indexes:
3.5–3.8: win PAOK;
1.9–2.1: a victory “the Ajax”.
However, if last year both teams were in the playoffs, but this is much more likely to be there from the newcomer:
4.1–4.4: passage of PAOK;
1.15–1.25: the passage of the Ajax.
“It would be expected if both teams scored, but the odds on such an outcome is low” — wanted to write we. But the odds are high.