PAOK Salonika vs Ostersunds FK
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 17 August 2017
Kick-off: 20:00 CET
PAOK fired their – former – Serbian coach, Aleksandar Stanojević, despite qualifying over Olimpik Donetsk. It makes you wonder what would have happened if they had gotten eliminated… Truth is, things for the Serbian were not good almost since day one, since the team’s preseason training sessions and friendly games, when it was obvious that he and the squad just… didn’t ‘click’. PAOK hired Romanian Răzvan Lucescu, who, unlike his predecessor, knows how things… work in Greece better than possibly any other foreign coach, having spent the last years at Xanthi. The championship in Greece hasn’t started yet, so those two games against Olimpik Donetsk (1-1 draw in Kyiv, 2-0 win in Thessaloniki), are the only ones for the Greek side so far this summer.
As I wrote in the preview of their match against Fola Esch in the third qualifying round, Ostersunds FK are no longer… Ostersunds FK, they are ‘the team that eliminated Galatasaray’, something their fans will remember for… decades to come. They beat Fola Esch twice, 1-0 at home and 2-1 in Luxembourg, but that away win was their last one. In their two championship matches ever since, in Sweden, that have picked up two points, drawing twice. The positive side is that both games were away from home. Ostersunds FK are only seventh in Sweden’s championship, they haven’t won a game there in more than a month, but interestingly, in the Europa League, after that… epic qualification at the expense of Galatasaray, they seem so confident that, as a reporter who follows the team told a Greek radio station, ‘they believe they can beat Barcelona'(!), so for sure they believe they can eliminate PAOK as well.
Previous 5 matches:
PAOK vs Lamia 0-1
PAOK vs Olimpik Donetsk 2-0
Olimpik Donetsk vs PAOK 1-1
PAOK vs Anorthosis 2-0
Ajax vs PAOK 4-2
Hammarby vs Ostersunds FK 2-2
GIF Sundsvall vs Ostersunds FK 1-1
Fola Esch vs Ostersunds FK 1-2
Ostersunds FK vs Halmstad 0-0
Ostersunds FK vs Fola Esch 1-0
PAOK’s next game is on Sunday at Levadiakos, first day of the new Greece Super League season. Ostersunds FK are hosting AIK same day (Sweden championship).
PAOK Salonika vs Ostersunds FK: Head to head Stats
There is no history between PAOK Salonika and Ostersunds FK.
PAOK Salonika vs Ostersunds FK: Prediction
PAOK’s win pays just 1.45, which is actually slightly more than what I expected. For more than that, I’d bet on the Greek side not just to win, but keep a clean sheet as well.
PAOK Salonika vs Ostersunds FK: Betting Tips
The combination of PAOK’s win with keeping a clean sheet as well, pays a decent 2.10.
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