Chelsea vs. PAOK Salonika: Odds, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info for Europa Match

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist INovember 28, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Ruben Loftus-Cheek after scoring his team's third goal during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Derby County at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Chelsea welcome PAOK Salonika to Stamford Bridge in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday needing just a draw to clinch top spot in Group L.

Maurizio Sarri's side have won all four of their matches so far in the tournament and beat PAOK 1-0 in Greece in the opening group game.

The Greek side sit bottom of Group L and could be knocked out on Thursday. They must better Vidi's result against BATE Borisov, in the group's other game, to remain in contention.


Date: Thursday, November 29

Time: 8 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. ET

TV Info: BT Sport 2 



Chelsea: 1-4

Draw: 5-1

PAOK: 9-1

All odds provided by Oddschecker.



Chelsea head into Thursday's match on the back of a first Premier League defeat of the season. The Blues were beaten 3-1 by Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday which may have affected manager Maurizio Sarri's plans for PAOK.

The Italian is likely to rotate his side with qualification already secured, but he may also now be prioritising a victory to inject some confidence and get his side back on track.

Star man Eden Hazard is unlikely to be risked, as he is nursing an ankle injury. The Belgium international has said the problem is not too serious:


Hazard gives an update on his injury. #beINPL #CFC #TOTCHE https://t.co/AqzTTWjw6A

Sarri is likely to look to his squad players once again. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Emerson Palmieri, Davide Zappacosta and Gary Cahill have all been regulars in the Europa League and should start.

Striker Olivier Giroud could also return up front in place of Alvaro Morata. The France international scored his first goal of the season last time out in the competition against BATE Borisov.

Sarri will want his side focused right from the start. The Blues boss has complained about his team's approach to games:

Nizaar Kinsella @NizaarKinsella

Sarri on Chelsea's slow starts to matches recently: "I think it is a mental problem. In the last three matches we had the problem with our approaches to the match. We have also had some problems on the beginning of the second half. For sure it is not a physical problem" #CFC

The Premier League side are big favourites to win the match, but they will need to be careful against the visitors, who have little to lose.

PAOK are also in good form domestically. They top the standings in Greece by five points after 11 games and are yet to suffer a league defeat.

However, they have not managed to translate that form into European competition. Their only points, and goals, so far have come in a 4-1 win at BATE Borisov, victory at Stamford Bridge would be a big upset.