Chelsea vs PAOK Salonika Preview

Chelsea vs PAOK Salonika

Competition – UEFA Europa League

Stadium – Stamford Bridge

Date: 29th November 2018

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

Chelsea finally felt what it’s like to be defeated at the weekend as a well-drilled Tottenham side beat them 3-1 at Wembley and they now look to get back to winning ways here.

The Blues have won 4 consecutive games in the Europa League group stages so far this season.

They are 6 points clear of Vidi and 9 points clear of their visitors prior to this game.

That number of points means that they have all but secured their qualification as group leaders and that should be confirmed in this game.

The Blues will be without the talismanic Eden Hazard and we expect Maurizio Sarri to rest some other players in preparation for a busy run of games next month.

The race for second place is on in this group, so PAOK will be looking to take advantage of a changed Chelsea side and upset the odds in this game.

The Greeks have won just a single game and lost all of their remaining matches.  PAOK lost by more than a goal in only one of those games, so they might be able to cause an upset in this game.

Chelsea scored just once in their home game against Vidi and away at BATE so the Blues aren’t exactly firing in Europe and the absence of Hazard could slow them down on the attack as well.

Unsurprisingly, bookmakers have priced Chelsea up as if they cannot possibly lose this game while PAOK are heavy underdogs to get a result here.

Goal markets point to goals as over 2.5 goals is trading odds-on.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Chelsea

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Chelsea 0-0 Everton 11 Nov, 2018 English Premier League
W BATE Borisov 0-1 Chelsea 8 Nov, 2018 UEFA Europa League
W Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace 4 Nov, 2018 English Premier League
W Chelsea 3-2 Derby County 31 Oct, 2018 English Carabao Cup
W Burnley 0-4 Chelsea 28 Oct, 2018 English Premier League

PAOK Salonika

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W PAOK Salonika 2-1 Panetolikos 11 Nov, 2018 Greek Super League
L Vidi 1-0 PAOK Salonika 8 Nov, 2018 UEFA Europa League
D Atromitos 1-1 PAOK Salonika 3 Nov, 2018 Greek Super League
W PAOK Salonika 2-0 Panathinaikos 29 Oct, 2018 Greek Super League
L PAOK Salonika 0-2 Vidi 25 Oct, 2018 UEFA Europa League

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
PAOK Salonika 0-1 Chelsea 20 Sep, 2018 UEFA Europa League

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