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PAOK vs Benfica Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Benfica backed to advance in the Champions League

  • PAOK Thessaloniki host Benfica in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
  • PAOK have seen over 3.5 goals in their last 4 Champions League matches
  • Benfica have won 8 of their last 9 matches including friendlies as they start fresh with Jorge Jesus in charge
  • The Portuguese club have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 6 Champions League matches
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Benfica have a 4-0 advantage against PAOK in 6 matches (Getty Images)

PAOK Thessaloniki host Benfica in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. The Greek club lost this fixture 4-1 in 2018 and there is every chance we see a similar result on Wednesday.

PAOK Thessaloniki Form


PAOK Thessaloniki got off to a winning start in the UEFA Champions League second round qualifiers. The Greek club beat Besiktas 3-1 at home with Christos Tzolis bagging a brace and Dimitrios Pelkas making it 3-0 in the 30th minute.

Manager Abel Ferreira is hoping to improve in his second season in charge. The Thessaloniki club went unbeaten in their final five league matches last season, drawing four with a 1-0 win at Olympiakos. 

PAOK beat Panathinaikos 1-0 in a recent friendly, starting the new Greek Super League season with a 1-0 win against Larissa. Tzolis scored the winner with the 18-year-old striker continuing his fine start to the season.

PAOK Thessaloniki Team News


PAOK are missing injured midfielders Josip Misic, Douglas Augusto and right-back Rodrigo.

Benfica Form


Benfica won their last three Primeira Liga matches of the previous campaign, but were beaten by rivals Porto after throwing away a healthy lead. 

The Eagles were beaten by Porto in the Portuguse Cup final despite playing against 10 men.

Benfica have won all five pre-season friendlies, beating Belenenses, Farense, Bournemouth, Braga and Rennes.

Benfica Team News


The Eagles responded after losing the league by opening their chequebook. Benfica hired successful manager Jorge Jesus and made some significant signings. 

Dutch centre-back Jan Vertonghen has moved to Benfica alongside Brazilian wingers Everton and Pedrinho. Strikers Luca Waldschmidt and Darwin Núñez have also joined the club. 

Left-back Alejandro Grimaldo remains injured with Nuno Tavares to start in his place.

PAOK Thessaloniki vs Benfica Head to Head


Benfica have a 4-0 advantage against PAOK with two draws in six matches. These clubs last met in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League play-offs.

PAOK earned a 1-1 draw in Portugal before Benfica won 4-1 in Thessaloniki with goals to Jardel, Eduardo Salvio (2) and Pizzi overturning an early deficit.

PAOK Thessaloniki vs Benfica Odds


Benfica are 1.90 favourites at Unibet with PAOK Thessaloniki listed at 4.25. A draw is available at 3.50 at bet365.

PAOK Thessaloniki vs Benfica Match Up


PAOK Thessaloniki finished second in the Greek Super League last season and are further ahead in their preparation. 

They have been defensively solid in Greece, but have been involved in high scoring matches in the Champions League, seeing over 3.5 goals in their last four matches.

Benfica should improve this season with Jorge Jesus in charge and a revamped attack. They may need some time to find their best form with new players being integrated into the team.

PAOK Thessaloniki vs Benfica Stats


  • PAOK Thessaloniki are undefeated in their last 7 matches (all competitions).
  • PAOK Thessaloniki have kept 6 consecutive clean sheets (Greek Super League).
  • PAOK Thessaloniki have seen over 3.5 goals in their last 4 matches (UEFA Champions League).
  • Benfica have won 3 of their last 4 matches against PAOK Thessaloniki (all competitions).
  • Benfica have won 8 of their last 9 matches including friendlies (all competitions).
  • Benfica have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 6 matches (UEFA Champions League).
  • Benfica have seen over 3.5 goals in 2 of their last 3 matches (UEFA Champions League).

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Where is PAOK Thessaloniki vs Benfica being played?

PAOK Thessaloniki vs Benfica is being played at Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki, Greece.

When is PAOK Thessaloniki vs Benfica being played?

PAOK Thessaloniki vs Benfica is being played at 19:00 BST on Wednesday 16 September 2020.

What competition are PAOK Thessaloniki vs Benfica playing in?

PAOK Thessaloniki vs Benfica are playing in the UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round.

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Verdict

Benfica beat PAOK 4-1 in Thessaloniki two years ago. More goals are expected here with Jorge Jesus to win his first competitive match back in charge of the Eagles.

Best Bet: Over 2.5 Goals Total Goals @100 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Value Bet: Over 3.5 Goals Total Goals @270 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Value Bet: Benfica Win & BTTS Win & BTTS @333 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Benfica Win 3-1 Correct Score @1600 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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