PAOK v Chelsea Betting Offers & Betting Tips – 20th September 2018
It’s been a hell of a ride for fans of Chelsea since Roman Abramovich turned up in West London and decided to buy the club.
The Blues have won the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup under the ownership of Abramovich but it’s not all been plain sailing.
Last season was a tough one for Chelsea as members of the playing staff and the club’s hierarchy fell out with Antonio Conte. The Blues managed to win the FA Cup but that turned out to be Conte’s final game in charge at the club.
Off field problems had a major say in the club’s decision to sack Conte but there’s no doubt that his inability to lead Chelsea to a top four finish also counted against him.
The lack of Champions League football meant the Blues had to fight hard to keep their best players at the club over the summer and new manager, Maurizio Sarri, will need to use all his man management skills to motivate his best players for Chelsea’s Europa League campaign which begins on Thursday with a trip to Greece to play PAOK.
Chelsea Could Find PAOK Tougher to Beat Than the Odds Suggest
When you compare the two squads there is absolutely no doubt that Chelsea are better than their opponents on Thursday. But, as the old saying goes, football is not played on paper and we’ve seen several well fancied teams lose matches they should be winning in the Europa League before.
The PAOK fans will play their part in creating an atmosphere which is as difficult for Chelsea to play in as possible. When you consider that the Blues’ team is likely to be made up of a mixture of fringe players and those who believe they should be playing in the Champions League you start to see how Chelsea could be in some trouble.
PAOK are no pushovers. They lost just five times when finishing second in the Greek Super League last season and won all but two of their home matches.
When all is said and done, Chelsea’ extra quality and the hard work undertaken by Sarri in during the international break should see them avoid defeat but we think this is far from an easy assignment so recommend backing the draw at 11/4 with Black Type.
Sarri on the International break: "I’ve seen a lot of matches - Cardiff, PAOK, West Ham, Liverpool - so I had to work. Sometimes I do it here at Cobham, sometimes at home. They were usually long days but for me it’s a pleasure. Sometimes 12 or 13 hours, but for me it’s not work." pic.twitter.com/clmUUAHBpx— CFC (@CFCWriter) September 15, 2018
Home Pressure to Tell
The best chance that Chelsea have of escaping their trip to Thessaloniki with a positive result is keeping the home crowd quiet. That is much easier said than done though as the majority of those who pack out Stadio Toumbas will be doing all they can to guide the home team towards victory.
The amount of pressure the fans put the away side under will surely have an impact, even in the unlikely event that Sarri plays his strongest possible side. Therefore, we recommend you have a bet on both teams to score which is available at 4/5 with bet365.
Given that we think both teams will score and fancy the chances of a draw, it could well be worth taking the 11/2 that Ladbrokes are quoting on the 1-1 correct score.
The final way of profiting from some pressure from the home side could come in the half time/full time markets. Chelsea will be keen for a fast start and could secure one but you can’t write PAOK off as long as they remain just one goal behind.
So, chance the Chelsea/draw selection which 17/1 with McBookie.