PAOK Thessaloniki receives Ajax Amsterdam for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. The kick-off for this first leg is on 06.08.2019 at 19 clock, in Toumba Stadium. The last meeting of these opponents was in a friendly match in 2017, which Ajax won 4-2. In general, the Dutch were the more successful team in the direct duels. This is sometimes the reason why they are favored by the betting operators. You can learn more about the respective strengths and weaknesses of both teams on this page. Finally, experts subjected both teams to an analysis to provide you in the betting tips and forecasts a reputable prediction of the game and to inform you about the most lucrative betting variants. For these, of course, the odds comparison was taken to hand.
Has PAOK Thessaloniki a chance against Ajax?
Thessaloniki starts with the Superleague season on 24.08.2019. Meanwhile, Ajax started with the Dutch Championship and won the final of the Johan Cruijff Schaal. The fact is that they denied 6 friendlies in preparation. They won 4 games, drew and lost 1-0 to AZ Alkmaar. Against PEC Zwolle was a 2: 2 possible. The games against FC Nordsjaelland, against Universitatae Cluij and Sint-Truidense W and Fortuna Sittard they could decide with 3: 0, 5: 3, 4: 0 and 5: 1 for themselves. The friendly against Ajax they lost 4-2. In the season 16/17 they also denied a qualification for the Champions League against Ajax. In that they lost 2-1 at home and scored in Amsterdam 1-1. In 10/11, at least one draw each was possible in qualifying, a 1: 1 and a 3: 3 to be exact. Since the 01.07.2019 they are trained by Abel Ferreira. The 40-year-old currently has a success rate of 1.66 PPS as a coach and is thus clearly inferior to his counterpart. Ferreira, a native of Portugal, was previously coach of the SC Braga with great success. Until 2011 he was a player at Sporting, where he played several seasons in total. Under his leadership, they completed only the test matches so far. 10 new signings are currently represented in the squad. Among the best known are probably Anderson Esiti from KAA Gent, Douglas Augusto from Corinthians, Miroslav Stoch from Slavia Prague, Enera Mihaj from Panetolikos and Dimitrios Meliopoulos from AO Xanthi. 2 of the new players were taken from their own U19 team. 19 players were also given. You can be curious in any case, how recorded their squad is. In the upcoming game they will miss Mauricio Vieirinha and Pontus Wernbloom due to injury. A quick look at the previous season showed us that they have already played 3 qualifying rounds for the Champions League. They could win the home game against Basel 2: 1, the home game against Spartak Moscow with 3: 2 and the home game against Benfica lost them with 1: 4. Considering that they have been struggling against dominant teams so far, we see little chance of winning here.
Will Ajax Amsterdam win against Thessaloniki?
Ajax Amsterdam has played two competitive matches this season. In the Eredivisie they faced Vitesse Arnheim. This game ended in a 2: 2. The final to Johan Cruijff Schaal they could win against PSV Eindhoven 2-0. Previously they played 8 friendly matches. Against Quick’20 they won 11-2, against RSC Anderlecht 5-2, against Istanbul Basaksehir 2-1, as well as against Waterfort. A 6-2 victory was also possible against OFI Heraklion. They drew against Aalborg and Sivasspor. A defeat they had to take against Panathinaikos. Their coach Erik ten Hag, who has held office since 28.12.2017, has never faced PAOK. His success rate, however, can be seen with 2.00 PPS. Like his squad, who is far stronger than Thessaloniki’s. Ten Hag got 8 new players this summer. Among them is a Quincy Promes from Sevilla FC, an Edinson Alvarez from CF America, a Razvan Marin from the stand. Liege, a Lisandro Martinez from Defensa and a Kik Pierie from SC Heerenveen as well as a Kjell Scherpen from FC Emmen. Two protagonists are homegrown, because they are from Ajax II. 7 players have been cast in the meantime. Last season they made it to the semi-finals in the Champions League. They lost in the last season, not a single Champions League away game. 5 they decided for themselves and in 4 a draw was possible. In the upcoming game they only have to do without Hassane Bande due to injury. Otherwise, the squad is complete. In our opinion, here a victory of Ajax Amsterdam should not stand much in the way.
Football Prediction of the Day PAOK vs Ajax
From our point of view, a win by Ajax Amsterdam should only be self-explanatory. The odds on a tip 2 seem too high and almost equal a value bet. Therefore, we can only recommend a tip 2. Should you consider the odds comparison, you can place your bet on a very lucrative odds, because the value of the bookmaker is very divergent. With our assumption that fall over 2.5 goals, we are not d’accord with the bookmakers. However, we think again when we believe that both teams will meet.
Bet Tips: Ajax