Benfica and PAOK continue their UEFA Champions League bids in today's third qualifying round, with the Portuguese side attempting to qualify for the group stage for the 11th consecutive season.
PAOK pilfered Besiktas 3-1 to advance from the last stage of qualifying in August, beating Larissa 1-0 on Friday to start their league season in the right direction. Benfica don't start their 2020-21 Primeira Liga campaign until Friday when they face Famalicao, but they have won five times in as many outings this pre-season.
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fubo Sports Network has exclusive coverage of today's Champions League qualifying match between PAOK vs Benfica
How to Watch PAOK vs. Benfica
When: Tuesday, September 15
Where: Toumba Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece
Time: 2 p.m. ET
TV Channel: fubo Sports Network
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch Champions League on fuboTV with a free trial)
PAOK vs Benfica Lineups
Benfica and PAOK have released their lineups, with Carlos Vinicius surprisingly left on the bench for the Lisbon outfit:
Both these teams finished second in their respective domestic divisions last term, and a run in the Champions League could go a long way to easing any economic pressures stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
Benfica haven’t allowed any such concerns show on the surface, at least. Following a runners-up medal in the Primeira Liga, the club has brought manager Jorge Jesus back to the club five years after his departure, as well as completing a number of high-profile transfers, via Perform’s Sacha Pisani:
The victor of Tuesday’s “League Path” qualifier at will have to win one more play-off fixture before cementing their place in the Champions League group stage.
PAOK will savor drawing home advantage at the Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki, though they’ve lost in each of their previous meetings with Benfica at this venue.
Jesus was in charge of the Lisbon giants the first time these teams clashed, during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 in February 2014. His side edged a 1-0 away win before seeing out a 4-0 aggregate result over two legs, though he’s greater pressure to seal their advancement inside 90 minutes.
Benfica have enjoyed a summer splurge on players costing more than $75 million, while PAOK have been substantially more modest in their approach. The latest of their new arrivals is Norwegian left-back Adrian Pereira, who joined from Viking on Saturday and could hope to make his debut on Tuesday:
Back-up Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar won't be involved in midweek after he tested positive for the coronavirus, per Reuters; no other players are known to have returned a positive test thus far.
PAOK coach Abel Ferreira left Portuguese outfit Braga for Greece in June 2019 and has experience against Benfica. A record of four defeats in five meetings (one draw) doesn’t inspire much confidence, but the recent win over Besiktas raises hope for their European chances.