Basel vs PAOK
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: St. Jakob-Park, Basel.
Basel are facing an early exit in this term of Champions league qualifications. They fell 2-1 to Greek runners-up PAOK in the first leg of their tie away at Stadio Toumbas seven days ago. Even though it’s only a one-goal deficit, it’s hard to see the Swiss runners-up overcoming the huge crisis and beating a very stern PAOK side here.
RotBlau are going through a very tough period at the start of the new season. Not only did their domestic dominance come to an end last year when Young Boys took the Super League title, but they opened the new campaign in a dreadful fashion.
Basel took only a single point in two games losing 1-2 at home to St. Gallen before sharing spoils in a 1-1 draw to Neuchatel Xamax last weekend. The mentioned defeat to PAOK caused the managerial change as the former striker Alexander Frei took over Raphael Wicky on the bench.
Basel vs PAOK: Head-to-head
The clash played seven days ago in Thessaloniki was the first ever head to head encounter between these two teams.
Canas pushed PAOK in front just after the half-hour mark, while Aleksandar Prijovic doubled the lead ten minutes from time.
Nevertheless, it was Albian Ajeti who Basel hope two minutes later when he pulled one back for the Swiss side, setting the final score of the game.
Basel vs PAOK: Prediction
The hosts should be in a stronger physical condition given the season in Greek Super League will not start before late August. However, it counted for little in the first match which saw Basel make only a single shot on target, the one which found the back of the net.
Frei’s appointment did end the horrendous five-loss streak (including pre-season friendlies), but it was not a successful one as Basel only took a point from the clash with the likes of Xamax on Saturday.
Bookies see the hosts as 1.85 favourites, but we have to find the value in backing PAOK not to lose at 1.83. You can also try with the BTTS option as well at 1.80 knowing that Basel have been very easy to break down at the start of the season.
Basel vs PAOK: Bet Tips
PAOK or Draw Double Chance @ 1.83
BTTS @ 1.83.