Preview: Ajax - PAOK

- Preview: Ajax - PAOK -

PAOK plays in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round away to Ajax and AGONAsport.com brings you a preview of today’s game. Kick off is scheduled for 2:45 PM (EST), 9:45 PM (Greek Time).

PAOK: PAOK will strive to get a good result in Holland in today’s first leg match against Ajax. The Dutch are the favorites with PAOK expected to put up a good fight. PAOK’s goal will be to avoid defeat as they can use the Toumba Stadium in the return leg to their advantage. At minimum, the Thessalonikiotes will hope to get a result that will keep them in contention for the second match. In other words, a one-goal defeat (especially with a PAOK away goal) will not be catastrophic for the club.

Starting Line Up: The expected starting line up for PAOK will consist of a 4-2-3-1 formation including: Glykos (goalkeeper), Leo Matos (right back), Leovac (left back), Crespo (center back), Tzavellas (center back), Cimirot (center midfielder), Shakhov (center midfielder), Campos (right winger), Rodrigues (left winger), Pelkas (attacking midfielder), and Athanasiadis (striker).

Ajax: The “new” Ajax is good on the attack, but the question remains if the team is ready after a poor pre-season. Ajax will miss their star striker Arkadiusz Milik and midfielder Riechedly Bazoer due to injuries. The Dutch are expected to play in a 4-3-3 formation. Cillessen will be under the goalposts with Tete, Veltman, Westermann, and Dijks in front of him. The 3 in the midfield will consist of Riedewald, van de Beek, and Klaassen while the 3 in the front line will be El Ghazi, Younes, and Cassierra.

Referee: The referee will be Spaniard Javier Estrada. He has refereed one previous time for PAOK, in last season’s Europa League Group Stage when PAOK drew Qabala 0-0 away. He was voted the best referee in Spain in 2010 and 2012.

TV Listings: There will not be TV coverage in the United States, Canada, or Australia. In Greece, OTE Sport 1 will broadcast the game. If a reliable live-stream is available it will be listed under our "TV Listings" section. 

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