Kick-off: 2000, 29/11/2018
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: BT Sport
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What Trueform says for Chelsea vs PAOK Salonika
Chelsea are already assured of a place in the Europa League knockout stage but should still be fired up enough to see off PAOK Salonika at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have registered four straight workmanlike wins in Group L, scoring six times and conceding only once in those fixtures.
That record makes 19/20 for a home win to nil an obvious pick for our opening Chelsea vs PAOK Salonika prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea did admittedly ride their luck when edging out BATE Borisov 1-0 on Matchday 4 courtesy of Olivier Giroud’s 52nd-minute header in Belarus.
Maurizio Sarri’s side only kept a clean sheet thanks to three separate shots bouncing back off the woodwork.
However, the Italian will now be looking for a strong response to Saturday’s 3-1 Premier League loss to Spurs, which brought to an end an 18-match unbeaten run.
Sarri described the Blues’ defensive display at Wembley as “a disaster” and admitted that result left him with a lot to ponder.
“I saw a lot of problems because we played very badly – physically, mentally, technically and tactically,” said the manager. “So we have a lot of work, we have a lot of problems to solve.”
Any thoughts of cruising through this contest have surely evaporated and we like 11/2 for a 2-0 home win from the Chelsea vs PAOK Salonika odds.
Eden Hazard is definitely out due to an ankle injury but should be fit to play against Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday, while Victor Moses (back) is also sidelined.
A Look At PAOK Salonika’s Betting Odds
PAOK were completely outplayed when going down 1-0 to Chelsea in Greece at the start of this pool, with the Blues missing a number of chances after Willian had put them ahead early on.
The Premier League side had 68 per cent of the possession and dominated the attempts on goal stats by a margin of 22-3, so it is hard to predict a different outcome in London.
Razvan Lucescu’s side did then upset the odds when romping to a 4-1 victory at BATE Borisov, with 20-year-old Brazilian forward Leo Jaba bagging a brace.
However, they were brought back down to earth when losing 2-0 at home to Mol Vidi, before being beaten 1-0 by the same opponents in Hungary.
The visitors can still climb up from last place in Group L to go through, but being top of the Greek Super League table may tempt Lucescu to prioritise domestic glory over this tournament.
Let’s finish off our Chelsea vs PAOK Salonika betting tips by taking 4/5 for the Blues to lead at half-time and full-time.
Last Europa League result:
BATE Borisov 0-1 CHELSEA – Olivier Giroud
Mol Vidi 1-0 PAOK
Head-to-head: PAOK 0-1 Chelsea
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