Ajax have a tough road back to the group stage in the Champions League owing to the standing of the Eredivisie. You would have expected them to be automatically in the group stage following last year’s heroics, but sadly that is not the case.
PAOK won the Greek title last term, but they are going to need luck if they are going to make an impact against one of the very best teams at this stage. They have a horrible run of form in Europe having won just one of their Europa League group matches last term. They lost five out of six.
Three of their previous four meetings have seen both teams share the spoils and Ajax are not exactly the same team from last season. The host will be banking on home support and you can back them at the Double Chance at odds of 1.30.
The last four meetings between the sides witnessed goals at both ends and the same is true in PAOK’s last five home games in this competition. Therefore there is good value in backing Both Teams to Score at odds of 1.80.
Over 2.5 Goals have landed in all of PAOK’s last five outings in all competitions and the same has happened in three of Ajax’s last five. We know both teams like to attack and therefore backing Over 2.5 Goals promises good returns at odds of 2.10.
Maurício, Vieirinha and Pontus Wernbloom are all expected to miss out for the hosts ahead of this crucial first leg.
Hassane Bandé is the only doubt for the Dutch side, as they seek to establish themselves following major departures this summer.
PAOK: Paschalakis, Matos, Giannoulis, Varela, Crespo, Esiti, El Kaddouri, Biseswar, Jaba, Pelkas, Akpom
Ajax: Onana, Veltman, Schuurs, Martinez, Tagliafico, Marin, Van De Beek, Blind, Ziyech, Dolberg, Tadic.