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  • February 16, 2012
  • • 20:05
  • • Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
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Udinese - PAOK Preview: The Bianconeri can put one foot into the Europa League Round of 16 with victory over the Greeks

Udinese - PAOK Preview: The Bianconeri can put one foot into the Europa League Round of 16 with victory over the Greeks

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Francesco Guidolin's side host the visitors on Thursday evening, and are desperate to return to form following consecutive domestic defeats


PROBABLE LINE-UPS


UDINESE


Handanovic
Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi
Basta, Pinzi, Pazienza, Fernandes, Armero
Torje
Floro Flores


PAOK


Kresic
Etto, Katsikas, Malezas, Lino
Salpigidis, Lazar, Garcia, Robert
Fotakis
Athanasiadis

Udinese were dealt a major blow in the 2-1 Serie A defeat to AC Milan at the weekend when key duo Mauricio Isla and Antonio Di Natale were ruled out with serious injuries.

Isla's knee ligament problem, sustained after a clash with Massimo Ambrosini, is likely to rule the Chilean out of action for the rest of the season. However, the loss of goal-getter Di Natale is most damaging, the veteran suffering a fractured toe, and his period of recovery is as yet undetermined.

The hosts are set to welcome back Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Kwadwo Asamoah after the duo returned from the African Cup Of Nations, although Badu is carrying a knock and is unlikely to feature, while Asamoah may find a spot on the bench.

PAOK have a full squad available going into Thursday's clash, with Panagiotis Glikos returning to the side after sitting out of the recent defeat to OSFP with a minor knock.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Udinese have won two of their three home games in the Europa league this season.
  • The hosts only managed to win two of their six group stage games, yet still qualified for the knockout stages.
  • PAOK have won three of their last four games in the Europa League.
  • The visitors have only kept one clean sheet in the competition so far, with the Greeks earning a 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur back in September.
  • On average the away side have conceded a goal a game in the competition.

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UEFA Europa League ‎(EL)‎ Feb 23, 2012 PAOK 0 - Udinese 3
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Last Five Matches
Udinese
May 17, 2014Udinese 3 - Sampdoria 3ITA1
May 10, 2014Hellas Verona 2 - Udinese 2ITA1
May 4, 2014Udinese 5 - Livorno 3ITA1
Apr 27, 2014Torino 2 - Udinese 0ITA1
Apr 19, 2014Udinese 1 - SSC Napoli 1ITA1
PAOK
May 17, 2014PAOK 1 - Panathinaikos 0GRE1
May 14, 2014Asteras Tripolis 1 - PAOK 0GRE1
May 11, 2014Atromitos 1 - PAOK 2GRE1
May 7, 2014PAOK 3 - Atromitos 0GRE1
May 4, 2014Panathinaikos 1 - PAOK 1GRE1
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
5DaniloDefender
-Dušan BastaDefender
11Maurizio DomizziDefender
17Mehdi BenatiaDefender
27Pablo ArmeroDefender
26Giovanni PasqualeDefender
-Almen AbdiMidfielder
66Giampiero PinziMidfielder
24Michele PazienzaMidfielder
83Antonio Floro FloresStriker
30Daniele PadelliGoalkeeper
-NeutonDefender
-Cristian BattocchioDefender
26L. EkstrandDefender
-Damiano FerronettiDefender
-Marco PiscopoMidfielder
-Diego FabbriniStriker
-Dario KresicGoalkeeper
-Konstantinos StafylidisDefender
-Bruno CirilloDefender
-Stelios MalezasDefender
27Mirosław SznaucnerDefender
-Pablo GarcíaMidfielder
7Giorgos GeorgiadisMidfielder
18Giorgios FotakisMidfielder
25Costin LazarMidfielder
14Dimitris SalpingidisStriker
33Stefanos AthanasiadisStriker
-Kostas ChalkiasGoalkeeper
-Alexis ApostolopoulosDefender
25Sotiris BalafasMidfielder
16LinoMidfielder
21Stavros TsoukalasMidfielder
-Apostolos GiannouStriker
29F. NimaniStriker
Players to Watch
Antonio Floro Flores
Antonio Floro Flores
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 83
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Di Natale absent, the responsibility for goals will likely fall to Floro Flores, and it is a massive burden to undertake. The Greek visitors did well in qualifying, and it will be up to the forward to ensure his side take a lead into the second leg.
Stefanos Athanasiadis
Stefanos Athanasiadis
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 33
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Greece international has been in fine form for the visitors this season and is currently the club's leading goalscorer with 13 goals. After netting three goals in the competition already, he will be hoping to add to his tally against the Bianconeri.
Prediction
The Bianconeri are desperate to return to from after suffering two straight defeats, and along with having the home advantage, a victory for the hosts seems the likely outcome.
Editor's Prediction
PAOK 1

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