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Benfica and PAOK meet at Estádio do Sport Lisboa and Benfica (da Luz), in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Play-offs). There is no record of direct confrontations between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last match was played on 27-02-2014 and ended with the score: Benfica (3-0) PAOK. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
The home team reaches this stage of the UEFA Champions League (Play-offs) after having eliminated Fenerbahçe, after a draw away by (1-1) and a win by (1-0) at home in the previous tie. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins and 6 draws as a visitor, with 27 goals scored and 12 conceded; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 35 goals scored and 12 suffered. In the last match they played, for the Primeira Liga, they beat Boavista away by (0-2). In the last 10 home matches Benfica has won 6 and lost 4 matches. Their offense has scored regularly, as they have always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games. There are 2 periods that stand out in the last 5 home matches for all competitions: they have scored 3 of their 7 goals between minutes (61′-75 ‘); He suffered 4 of his 6 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The team of Benfica was the national runner-up of the last season, adding a total of 81 points, which guaranteed the qualification for the previous rounds of this Champions League. The team of the house has 36 national titles in total, being that for the Millionaire League, it raised the trophy twice, but the last time was in the 1961/1962 season. The moment of form of the Portuguese team is very positive, since it does not suffer a defeat in four consecutive games, by the National League and the League of Champions. In their last 5 home matches, they won 3 and lost 2 and the final score was over 1.5 goals 4 times, scoring goals in all matches. For this duel the technician Rui Vitória must align his team in 4-3-3, being F. Ferreyra the most advanced player.
Until reaching this stage of the UEFA Champions League (Play-offs), the visiting team eliminated: Spartak Moscow and Basel. This is a team that, oddly enough, was better outside than at home, as in the last 30 matches they register 13 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in away matches; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 away matches PAOK has 8 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 3 of the last 4 matches for this competition.
The PAOK was the national runner-up of the last season, adding a total of 64 points, which guaranteed him a place in these qualifying rounds of the Champions League. Unlike its adversary, PAOK has only 2 national titles, but nine second positions, but no international title. The moment of the Greek team is very good, since it does not know defeats by several competitions in 8 consecutive games, in friendlies and games for the Champions League, with 6 wins and 2 draws. In the last 5 away matches, they have won 4 and tied 1, not scoring goals in only 1 match, and the final score was more than 1.5 goals 4 times. For this confrontation the technician R. Lucescu must align in 4-2-3-1, being A. Prijovic the most advanced player.
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