MOL Vidi vs PAOK
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 November 2018
Kick-off: 18:55 CET
MOL Vidi… burst into life in this group two weeks ago, beating PAOK in Greece(!). They were without a point after their first two games, the Greek side had triumphed at BATE (1-4) in their previous game, but on the pitch, Vidi looked much better prepared, scored twice in the first half, and protected that lead until the final whistle. The fact that they didn’t concede, may make all the difference at the end of the group stage. They are third in the table, below PAOK, because right now there are three teams on three points, and in that “mini” table, PAOK have the advantage, thanks to their 1-4 triumph in Belarus. Last weekend, Vidi beat Paksi away from home, comfortably. They are third in Hungary’s championship, eight points behind leaders Ferencváros, but with a game in hand.
Razvan Lucescu, PAOK’s Romanian coach, admitted after that 0-2 slap on the face two weeks ago, that he had failed to prepare the team properly, mentally, failed to make his players see that the game would be tough, not a stroll in the park. PAOK finished the game on 14-5 attempts, and almost 70% ball possession, but they looked… blocked, throughout the match. Soon after that, they beat Panathinaikos at home, another derby won in the Greece Super League. Last weekend they drew 1-1 at second-placed Atromitos, their first points dropped in the championship this season. The Thessaloniki side remain leaders, two points above Atromitos. Brazilian defensive midfielder Mauricio is back, after missing several games due to injury. It’s unclear if he’ll start though.
Previous five matches:
Paksi SE vs MOL Vidi 0-4
Vác vs MOL Vidi 1-3
Várda SE vs MOL Vidi 2-2
PAOK vs MOL Vidi 0-2
Szombathelyi Haladás vs MOL Vidi 0-2
Atromitos vs PAOK 1-1
PAOK vs Panathinaikos 2-0
PAOK vs MOL Vidi 0-2
Aris vs PAOK 1-2
PAOK vs Apollon Smyrnis 2-0
Vidi’s next game is on Sunday, at Mezőkövesd-Zsóry (Hungary championship). Same day, PAOK will be hosting Panetolikos (Greece Super League).
MOL Vidi vs PAOK: Head to head Stats
Vidi have never hosted PAOK before.
MOL Vidi vs PAOK: Prediction
I’m backing PAOK to score, and not just earn a point, but win the game.
MOL Vidi vs PAOK: Betting Tips
PAOK’s win is at 2.37. “Over 2.5 goals” pays 2.30. These two combined, promise an awesome 4.33. PAOK have reacted magnificently after every negative result (they’ve had just a few) this season, and I feel very strongly about them bouncing back from that 0-2 defeat to Vidi at home two weeks ago.