Ajax vs PAOK predictions and betting tips for today’s Champions League fixture in the 3rd Qualifying Round. Can Ajax get a good result away from home or will PAOK take advantage of home soil to take the victory in this 1st leg matchup?
PAOK went undefeated last season as they won their first league title since 1985 to add to their third consecutive Greek Cup in what was a historic season for them. Their season was built on their solid defense that conceded only 14 goals over the 30 game season and never conceded more than 1 goal in any game. They have never made it to the Champions League group stages but reached the quarter-finals of the 1973/74 UEFA Cup Winners Cup.
Ajax are coming off a great season of their own that saw them make it to the Champions League semi-finals beating the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus before losing to Tottenham. They also ended a run of 4 second places to win the league along with the domestic cup.
Ajax have largely managed to keep last year’s squad together apart from captain De Ligt, Frenkie De Jong and Wober. They have further added Promes along with some young signings like Edson Alvarez, Razvan Marin, Lisandro Martinez, Kik Pierie and Scherpen.
PAOK have ended their pre-season on a strong note with 4 wins where they scored 17 and conceded only 2 goals. Ajax began their season with a 2-0 win over PSV in the Johan Cruyff Shield match before only managing a draw against Vitesse in their first league game.
We feel like this could be a tight game and therefore are going to call it as a 1-1 draw with goals from both sides.
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