PAOK Salonika v Basel Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 24th July
Sam Langston (@Samlan98) previews PAOK Salonika v Basel and provides us with his best bets for Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
PAOK Salonika v Basel Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 24/07/2018
- Time: 18:30
- Venue: Stadio Toumbas
- Channel: Non-Televised
Swiss giants Basel travel to PAOK on Tuesday evening, for their first leg fixture in round two of Champions League qualifying.
A raucous reception for RotBlau can be expected, due to the intimidatory spectatorship that is associated with PAOK fanatics. The hosts will hope to utilize the crowd to their advantage and gain a first leg lead to take to Switzerland next Wednesday.
Admittedly, the context of this game is much different from a league fixture, however domestic trends can be used to indicate playing styles and approach. Răzvan Lucescu’s PAOK finished 2nd in the Greece Super League last season and similarly to their opponents, showed an impressive attacking proficiency.
Both sides attempted the most shots per-game in their respective leagues, Basel also ranking 1st for shots on target and PAOK placing 3rd in the same metric. Their respective home and away fixtures saw a combined 21 out of 33 (63.6%) produce three goals or more, which cannot be labelled a coincidence when considering the aforementioned performance data.
This high-scoring trend continues when the sides’ recent European form is analyzed, with Over 2.5 Goals landing in 7 out of their 10 (70%) respective home and away ties since 2016.
Serbian striker Aleksandar Prijović bagged 27 goals in 39 appearances last term and is expected to start for PAOK, after featuring in their final pre-season warm-up.
Basel could be unchanged from their opening day defeat to St. Gallen in the Super League.
Potential PAOK Salonika Starting XI: Paschalakis, Matos, Varela, Crespo, Vieirinha, Cañas, Maurício, Pelkas, Biseswar, Limnios, Prijović.
Potential Basel Starting XI: Omlin, Widmer, Suchý, Frei, Petretta, Zuffi, Serey Dié, Bua, Stocker, Kalulu, Ajeti.
Head To Head
- This is the first competitive meeting between the sides.
Key Stats & Facts
- PAOK have failed to register a win in 10 previous Champions League qualifiers.
- PAOK Salonika – 11/10
- Draw – 12/5
- FC Basel – 3/1
Considering the respective trends, a wager on Over 2.5 Goals at odds against is justified.