Basel vs PAOK
One more game from the 2nd Champions League qualifying round. My first bet was long shot (draw in Helsinki) while here IMO we have one pretty realistic outcome. I like Both Teams To Score? YES, in this meeting between Basel and PAOK.
The first leg result (1-2).
So, we have had BTTS and over 2.5 in the first leg in Greece, while now in Switzerland on the
Jakob Park stadium in Basel, I expect quite similar scenario, at least similar when goals are in question.
Basel was quite big disappointment early in the season. They have won only 1 point out of possible 6 from two rounds in the Swiss league and thus are already 5 pts behind Young Boys. It was unexpected start given on fact they are aiming to get back the title they lost last season.
Here in Euro qualifications, Basel is also in danger to be eliminated from the Champions League. Even if they pass through PAOK, would have to meet strong Spartak Moscow in the third round. BTW, the eliminated side faces Viitorul/Vitesse in the 3rd qualifying round of Europa League.
Given on fact Basel was in the Champions League group stage season ago (and not just was but they also qualified for R16 back then), it was expected this team would have better start of the season now.
I do not trust to Swiss team here, not after what we had chance to see in games in Switzerland as well against PAOK last time. Yes, 1:2 loss on the road is not bad result at all, now 1:0 at home would take the job done. But, PAOK seems to me serious opponent, better year after year. The Greek team remained unbeaten in last 4 away games of the Champions League (all draws) and scored in each of them.
I just can't imagine PAOK going there to defend 2:1 from the first leg. IMO no way that is going to happen. They will go to score in Basel. The host had poor start of the season as mentioned, but in game like this and at home, they will score too, I am quite positive about that.
The odds for BTTS are around 1.70 so I will increase the value by taking BTTS and over 2.5.
Basel vs PAOK prediction
|Over 2.5 and both to score||Bet365||2.20||8||0-3 LOST (-8 units)|