League: EUROPE: Europa League – Group Stage – Round 1
Match: 17:55 PAOK – Chelsea
Prediction: Over 1.5 Goals
Average odds: 1.32
Bookmaker: Bwin
Result: 0:1 LOST


The opening game in Group L of the 2018/19 Europa League (EL) sees Greek powerhouse PAOK welcome a domestically rampant Chelsea side.
Like their opponents, PAOK have won all of their domestic league games so far. However, with the Greek Super League only ranked 14th by UEFA, this is barely comparable to Chelsea’s five-game winning run at the start of the season, in a Premier League ranked 12 places above.
This will be the first competitive meeting between PAOK and Chelsea. Across four European games against English opposition, PAOK remain unbeaten (W2, D2) and have not yet conceded a goal at home to an English side.
On the other hand, Chelsea are unbeaten in their four historical games against Greek opposition (W2, D2). However, both of their away ties in Greece to date have ended with the spoils shared.
The hosts have never made it past the round-of-32 in all of their EL appearances, whilst Chelsea have competed in the Champions League in four out of the last five seasons. The last time they competed in the EL back in 2012/13 – they won the competition!
Players to watch: Aleksandar Prijović scored in four of PAOK’s six European qualification games. He also scored the winning goal on the opening day of the domestic season.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) has scored seven goals across five consecutive games for both club and country, which is already a new personal best five-game run for the talented Belgian.
Stat attack: Chelsea have scored at least two goals in each of their last six EL games, with each of those games featuring over 2.5 goals.
PAOK have received nine cards across their last two European home games, averaging 4.5 per game.
Chelsea have received exactly one yellow card in each of their last four domestic away games.

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