PAOK vs Chelsea: Europa League preview and predicted line-ups


first_imgPredicted line-upsPAOK XI: Paschalakis; Leo Matos, Varela, Crespo, Vieirinha; Canas, Mauricio, El Kaddouri; Leo Jaba, Karelis, BiseswarChelsea XI: Caballero; Zappacosta, Christensen, Cahill, Alonso; Ampadu, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek; Willian, Morata, Hudson-Odoi 2 Ampadu is expected to feature prominently in the Europa League 2 Chelsea’s last Europa League campaign ended in victory Maurizio Sarri’s side have enjoyed a perfect start to the season – winning all five of their league games so far – and the west Londoners are expected to keep that run going in Greece.Chelsea are heavy favourites to make it out Group L and into the Europa League knockout rounds, with Thursday’s opponents PAOK regarded as the second-best team, on paper, in the group.What the managers are sayingRazvan Lucescu (PAOK): “We have to manage every game in any competition. We will give everything to win the next game. Chelsea is one of the best teams in the world. We will be prepared and we have huge motivation for this game.”Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea): “In order to win our group, the match of tomorrow is the most important because it’s the most difficult match. In the first part of the season it’s very important to play with the same players. Tomorrow I have to change four, five players, but it’s impossible in this moment of a season to change 11 players for a match.” on target Where can you listen to the match?talkSPORT 2 has full commentary of PAOK vs Chelsea in the Europa League, kick off 17:55. Click here for a live stream of PAOK vs ChelseaTeam newsSarri has taken a strong squad to Greece, though teenagers Ethan Ampadu, fresh off penning a new five-year contract with the club, and Callum Hudson-Odoi have also travelled. Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could start in midfield if passed fit for the match. Chelsea begin their Europa League campaign on Thursday afternoon with a trip to Greece.The Blues take on PAOK of Thessaloniki in Europe’s secondary club competition, returning to this level for the first time since 2012/13, when they won the whole thing by defeating Benfica in the final. Latest Europa League news Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman last_img

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