PAOK v Chelsea Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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Already far more free-scoring under Sarri, Al Hain-Cole expects the Blues to ensure plenty of goalmouth action when they take on Lucescu's men

Chelsea will be looking to get their Europa League campaign off to a winning start when they travel to Thessaloniki to take on PAOK on Thursday.

Maurizio Sarri has made a sensational start to life in the Stamford Bridge dugout, leading his new team to top of the Premier League with five wins from five.

Latest Odds

The former Napoli manager is priced at 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill to maintain that winning streak by taking all three points at the Stadio Toumbas.

Razvan Lucescu's men knocked Spartak Moscow and Basel out of the Champions League qualifiers before being eliminated by Benfica, and are available at 3/1 (4.00) to pull off another impressive victory in this one.

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The hosts held Tottenham to a 0-0 draw in their last home encounter with English opposition back in 2011, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on them earning a point against another London side here.

Team News

Mateo Kovacic and Emerson have not travelled along with Eden Hazard and David Luiz, whilst Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are both doubtful but have made the trip to Greece.

Leo Matos will miss this clash due to suspension, having picked up a red card against Benfica in the Champions League qualifiers.

Entertaining Blues

As well as delivering instant results, Sarri has already treated the fans to far more entertaining football than that of predecessor Antonio Conte.

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Leading the Premier League on goal difference after scoring 14 goals in five matches, the Blues should prove far too hot to handle for a home side that has conceded seven times in three European home games so far this season.

Nevertheless, having also scored six goals themselves in those three fixtures, PAOK will also fancy their own chances of hitting the net against a visiting team expected to rest some key players.

Predictions

All in all, odds of 17/20 (1.85) look very appealing on over 2.5 goals being scored for Chelsea's fifth game in six this season, and a fourth consecutive European home game for their opponents.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Over 2.5 goals at 17/20 (1.85) for a 2pt stake with William Hill

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