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PAOK vs. Maccabi Haifa: Europa League Betting Preview

PAOK vs. Maccabi Haifa: Europa League Betting Preview Photo: TT

Yet more terrific betting opportunities in the Europa League on Thursday and none more so than in Greece where PAOK must be backed with confidence.

The Super League side currently only trail Olympiakos domestically and Greek football is in pretty decent shape right now.

The national team have a World Cup qualifier against Romania to look forward, after five consecutive wins, while Olympiakos have impressed while picking up four points from their last two Champions League matches.

It’s all about the Europa League tonight however and PAOK are tipped to extend their terrific recent run of form with a seventh consecutive home win in all competitions.

PAOK remained locked at the top of Europa League Group F with AZ Alkmaar following a well earned point in Holland last time out and that was after an opening 2-1 triumph against Shakhtar Karagandy.

Zvonimir Vukic got the injury-time winner against the Kazaks and PAOK have a terrific overall recent record in European competition.

It is just five defeats in their previous 33 matches in the Europa League while Huub Stevens’ side have tasted victory in nine of their last 14 home ties.

Only denied 4-3 on aggregate by Bundesliga giants Schalke in Champions League qualifying back in August, PAOK will have nothing to fear from an out-of-sorts Maccabi Haifa on Thursday.

The Israeli outfit were winning for the first time in eight matches on the weekend at lowly Maccabi Petah but their efforts on their travels in Europe are appalling.

A bizarre 8-0 thrashing of Khazar Lankaran in qualifying this time around is Haifa’s only triumph in their last 12 Europa League fixtures away from home and quite how they will stop PAOK I am not so sure.

It is 21 wins in 27 Super League matches in front of their own fans for PAOK and it is almost impossible to envisage anything but three points for the hosts who will play in front of their supporters once again in European competition for the first time in 12 months following suspension.

There might not be many better wagers all season.

5pts Back PAOK (vs. Maccabi Haifa) @ 19/20 (Winner)

Tom allen
Sports Pundit staff writer
Having worked as a freelance football betting journalist since graduating University with, of all things, a Psychology degree, I am delighted to now be part of the SportsPundit team.Over the new season and beyond I hope to provide you with plenty of news, views and previews in order to try and make us all just that little bit richer.My main focus of attention will be on the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League but I’ll also be keeping an eye on all things international as the 2010 World Cup approaches.Winning tips will come and go...

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