Club Bruges v PAOK Salonika Prediction: Hosts can secure first-leg victory

 | 10th April | 

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PAOK Salonika have been one of the most impressive teams in this season’s Europa Conference League, winning 10 of their 14 games in the competition. They face a tough task in this quarter-final, however, as they visit Club Bruges, who reached the knockout stages of the Champions League last season.

Here we pick out the best bets and offer our Club Bruges vs PAOK Salonika prediction for Thursday’s Europa Conference League clash, which kicks off at 20:00 and is live in the UK on TNT Sports.

Club Bruges vs PAOK Salonika Betting Tips

  • Club Bruges to win and over 2.5 goals @ 7/4
  • Andreas Skov Olsen to score at any time @ 2/1

Team News

Denis Odoi is set to miss out for Club Brugge, who are also sweating on the fitness of first-choice keeper Simon Mignolet, with the former Liverpool man facing a late fitness test.

Striker Andreas Skov Olsen should be fit to feature, however, after a spell on the sidelines.

PAOK have a number of injuries in defensive areas, with key man William Troost-Ekong a likely absentee with a muscle issue and fellow central defender Ivan Nasberg also unlikely to feature.

Match Odds

Club Brugge can be backed at 8/11 for the victory, which gives them an implied win probability of 57.9%, while PAOK are 7/2 outsiders and the draw is available at 3/1.

Over 2.5 goals is on offer at 4/5, while both teams to score is priced at 8/11 and it is 7/4 for over 1.5 goals in the first half.

Club Bruges to win and over 2.5 goals @ 7/4

Club Brugge breezed through qualification for the Europa Conference League before taking 16 points from a possible 18 in the group stage, getting the better of Besiktas, Bodo/Glimt and Lugano.

The Belgians did lose the first leg of their round of 16 tie on the road against Molde, but fought back with an impressive 3-0 win in the second leg to reach this point.

They do face a PAOK side who have been rock-solid in this year’s competition, but the Greek outfit also lost the first leg of their round of 16 clash on the road, falling 2-0 to Dinamo Zagreb.

Razvan Lucescu’s men bounced back with a 5-0 victory in the second match-up, but home advantage can be crucial in European knockout football and Brugge have it here.

10 of PAOK’s last 11 European games have gone over 2.5 goals so side with a repeat of that in a Brugge win.

Andreas Skov Olsen to score at any time @ 2/1

Skov Olsen is one of a number of exciting young players who Club Brugge have had in recent years and his return from injury could be key for the chances of the hosts.

The Dane has scored 22 goals in all competitions this season and he has been particularly effective in Europe, where he has netted seven times in 12 matches.

Therefore, Skov Olsen looks like the value selection to get on the scoresheet.

Check out the rest of our Football Betting Tips here.

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