After starting the week with a winner in Germany, Kev's taking us to the Netherlands for some Champions League glamour.
"Ajax should win this, but their defence is suspect, and PAOK have pace on the counter-attack."
Back Both Teams To Score at 1.845/6
PAOK to go down fighting
Ajax v PAOK
Tuesday 13 August, 19:30
We enjoyed the magic of the DFB Cup last night, even if fourth-tier side Energie Cottbus didn't. The Regionalliga team lost 3-1 at home to the holders Bayern Munich, which handily kept us under the 4.5 goals line.
We head to Amsterdam now, because Ajax are hoping to mount another Champions League charge this season. They reached the semi-finals last season, and were a whisker away from reaching the final, only for Spurs to snatch that golden ticket from them at the death. Key players Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have since departed, but the recent contract extension of mercurial midfielder Hakim Ziyech shows that all is not lost.
Even though they are Dutch champions, Ajax still have to qualify for the group stage, and they are well-placed to progress after a 2-2 draw in Greece against PAOK. The Greek champions won their first league title since the mid-1980s last season, and have retained many of their key performers, and will be no pushovers. Ajax take a lot of risks in their play, and even when de Ligt was marshalling their defence, the Amsterdam giants still gave up plenty of chances. PAOK have pace on the counter in the likes of Leo Jaba, Chuba Akpom and Dimitris Pelkas.
Ajax should go through here, and they warmed up for this game by thrashing Emmen 5-0, but I'm not sure about them defensively, and PAOK are nothing if not fighters. I'll back Both Teams To Score here at 1.845/6.