After a tremendous start to their Premier League campaign, Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea will fly down to Greece to take on PAOK in the Europa League. Chelsea have been in great form and are coming fresh off of a 4-1 win against Cardiff City and will be looking to take their winning momentum to the Europa League. PAOK have won all 3 of their opening games in the Greek Superleague and are 4th in the League standings. The Greek side’s Stadium the Toumba Stadium is one of the most feared stadiums in Europe and is famous for its hostile environment. 

 

Team News

PAOK: Striker Aleksandar Prijovic has recovered from a hamstring injury and is in contention to start. Prijovic’s return to fitness will be a big boost for the Greek side as the striker is their danger man and also their big occasion player. The Serbian has scored 4 goals in the 3 Champions league qualifying rounds during PAOK ‘s successful qualification campaign. Aside from Prijovic manager Razvan Lucescu has a fully fit squad.

Predicted XI: Paschalakis, Leo Matos, Varela, Crespo, Vieirinha, Canas, Mauricio, El Kaddouri, Leo Jaba, Karelis, Biseswar

Chelsea: The Blues have traveled with a fit 21-man squad with injured or Rested players left out. Emerson Palmieri is out with an illness and the in-form Eden Hazard has been left out of the squad for some much-deserved rest. Youngsters Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu have made the squad and are definitely exciting prospects for Chelsea. Cesc Fabregas has returned to full fitness and the Spaniard will Probably start.

Predicted XI: Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Cahill, Alonso, Loftus-Cheek, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Pedro, Morata, Willian

Key Players

PAOK- Aleksandar Prijovic

The Serbian has been brilliant for PAOK and has been a Goal Machine for Razvan Lucescu’s side. Prijovic was PAOK’s leading Goalscorer in Last Season’s campaign netting 27 times in 36 appearances.

Chelsea- Alvaro Morata

The Spaniard had a decent start under Sarri but has seemed to have fallen down the pecking order again. Morata will have to step up in today’s game if he wants to start games for Chelsea.

Prediction: PAOK 0-3 Chelsea

The Blues have shown some very good early signs of “Sarriball” and Should shove PAOK aside with ease. 

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