Europa League Preview: PAOK vs. Fiorentina

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Updated: October 22, 2014
Fiorentina-Europa League

Match Date: 23 October 2014 (local time)

Venue: Stadio Toumba

 

A disappointing defeat in the domestic league forces football betting’s top pick, Fiorentina to turn its attention to Europa League. The squad is more than eager to preserve its clean slate and advance into the next stage of the competition, unscathed. But can they earn an easy victory while playing outside their own territory?

 

 

The contenders

PAOK

A win against Atromitos protected PAOK’s lead in the Super League. Such triumph will serve as their main source of inspiration as they go against the Italian opposition, Fiorentina. PAOK hopes that it can bring its domestic league success to the international stage, where they are readily struggling.

 

Currently, the Greek outfit tries to make the most of its three (3) points. They dismantled Dinamo Minsk during the first match of the Group Stage via netting six (6) goals and limiting their rival with a single point. Unfortunately, Guingamp ended their rise to the top when they crushed PAOK with two (2) crucial goals while keeping a clean sheet.

 

Fiorentina

Fiorentina just suffered a 2-0 defeat to Lazio at home, which might compromise the members’ mentality when they visit PAOK. Aware of the possibility that this might taint their unbeaten streak, defender, Gonzalo Rodriguez stressed and reminded his members to forget the unfortunate loss and shift their focus to Europa League instead.

 

Possible head turner

Prolific is the word that best describes Josip Ilicic. The trusted striker readily gave Dinamo Minsk a scare during their encounter and there is a high possibility for him to feature in the upcoming match.

 

Prediction

PAOK 1-3 Fiorentina

 

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