PAOK vs Qarabag
UEFA Europa League – Group J
Date: Thursday, 3rd November 2016,
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: Stadio Toumbas, Thessaloniki.
PAOK and Qarabag are going to play a very important 4th round match in the Europa league group stage on Thursday. The winners of this match could basically secure the second position in the group and the qualification for the knockout stage of the competition. The teams are currently level in the standings with four points each from the opening three rounds.
PAOK have managed to bounce back after a series of negative results. They first showed a very decent performance at Georgios Karaiskaki stadium where they lost narrowly to Olympiacos with 2-1. The very solid display was followed up with two back to back victories over Larissa in cup and AEK Athens in Super League. And we can say that the hosts are entering the match in a great spirit.
The visitors, on the other side, lost the leading position in Azerbaijan Premier League after the defeat in the greatest derby of the country exactly a month ago. Qabala were better on the night and earned a 2-0 win over Qarabag. The fact is that the team did not concede a single goal in four matches since. But truth be told, the competition in Azerbaijan is two classes below the one in Europa League, at least.
PAOK vs Qarabag: Head-to-Head Stats
This is the first time for the two teams to be drawn in the same group of European competition. Interestingly, Qarabag were better in the 3rd round match two weeks ago. Thanks to goals from Dani Quintana and Rahid Amirquliyev which earned them the 2-0 win. The match itself did not offer many goal scoring opportunities on either end.
PAOK vs Qarabag: Prediction
PAOK are 3/4 to win the match on home ground, which surely represents a decent value. However, you can also back Under 2.5 goals since the visitors are also very solid at the back, and we expect a very similar game to the one from two weeks ago!
PAOK vs Qarabag: Betting Tips
PAOK to win at 1.75 (3/4)
Under 2.5 goals in the match at 1.60 (3/5).