Fiorentina vs PAOK
UEFA Europa League – Matchday 5
Date: Thursday, 24th November 2016,
Kick-Off at 18:05 UK
Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze.
Fiorentina walk into matchday 5 of the UEFA Europa League sitting top of the Group J with 10 points. A draw will secure their place in the first knock-out phase, while their opponents PAOK need nothing less than a win.
The Serie A outfit are unbeaten in the group with 3 wins and 1 draw from their 4 matches so far. They defeated Slovan Liberec 3-0 at home in their previous fixture with Illicic, Kalinic and Cristoforo getting into the score-sheet. The Wednesday’s fixture will be their last home match in the group stage, with the first being a 5-1 win against Qarabag.
PAOK have 4 points from their 4 matches so far, with 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses. They lost to Qarabag at home in the round 4 fixture, which underlines their poor performance in the tournament so far. They still got a chance to make it out of the group. For that, they must win their remaining 2 matches and hope Qarabag won’t make more than 2 points from their two.
Fiorentina vs PAOK: Head-to-head stats
PAOK held Fiorentina to a goal-less draw when the teams met on matchday 1 of the current edition.
Fiorentina are unbeaten in the three meetings against PAOK with a win and 2 draws. PAOK’s previous visit to Florence was during the 2014/15 Europa League group stage which finished in a 1-1 draw.
Fiorentina have met sides from Greece on 4 occasions in UEFA competitions. They are unbeaten, but managed only 1 wins while 3 were draws.
PAOK have a poor record against Italian Serie A sides as they managed only 1 win from 13 meetings so far, with 5 draws and 7 defeats. They are yet to win an away match against Italian teams after the last 6 ended in 2 draws and 4 losses.
Fiorentina vs PAOK: Prediction
Fiorentina are coming on the back on an 8-match unbeaten run in all competitions which includes 5 wins and 3 draws. However, they managed only 2 wins from the last 6 at home, but both wins were in Europa League. It is pretty evident that Fiorentina are a tough side to beat and must essentially consider themselves strong favourites to win this one.
PAOK are sitting at the verge of elimination and this is a do or die match for them. Their recent form is a poor one and lost 4 of the last 6. Against a Fiorentina side in strong form, the Greeks will be powerless to avoid another defeat.
Fiorentina vs PAOK: Bet Tips
Fiorentina to win at 5/8 (1.62)
Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80).