Chelsea vs PAOK: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
A single point will be enough for the rampant Blues to win group L as PAOK know that failure to win in London will all but spell the end of their European adventure.
Greek side PAOK’s defeat to Vidi last time out looks like being the pivotal moment in their campaign as they face an almighty uphill struggle to make it out of group L.
Victory over a Chelsea side who has won all of their games so far is a must but even the most optimistic supporter will have their doubts.
Three points PAOK now sit behind Vidi who occupy second place as the Europa League group phase reaches critical point.
But yet, there is hope for Răzvan Lucescu’s men as no doubt Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will have a close on Chelsea’s West London derby with Fulham at the weekend.
However, that said the Blues boast more than enough quality to overcome a PAOK side who must take risks if they are to have any chance of progression, but it is the Greeks who travel to Stamford Bridge with the better record having won their last three games.
Chelsea lost their unbeaten start to the season at the weekend at the hands of rivals Tottenham and that will have hurt perhaps giving them more impetus for the arrival of PAOK.
Whichever way you look at it, Chelsea are hot favourites and should comfortably get the job done on home soil.
Chelsea have only conceded once in the group stages this season and that is likely to continue with the Blues claiming a professional 2-0 win.
- Chelsea to win and keep a clean sheet
PAOK have failed to score in their last two Europa League outings and the Blues have only conceded one all campaign.
- A goal before 25:00
Chelsea have netted three of their six goals before the ten-minute mark this season making this bet something of a no-brainer.
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Head to Head
Chelsea’s 1-0 win at PAOK’s Toumba Stadium in match day one was the first ever meeting between the two sides in European competition.
Willian scored what turned out to be the winner in the seventh minute in a game that set the wheels in motion for a perfect campaign to date for the Blues.
- No side in the Europa League has had more shots than Chelsea in the group stages (88).
- Chelsea need just a single point in order to win group L.
- Chelsea have never lost to Greek opponents, in five previous matches they have won three and drawn two.
- PAOK need to win if they are to have any hope of overhauling Vidi into second place.
- Chelsea and Slavia Praha have conceded the lowest number of goals in the group stage with just one.