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PAOK vs Club Brugge Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
17 April 2024, 14:42

In the second leg of the Greek-Belgian clash in the quarter finals, Club Brugge comes to Thessaloniki. After winning 1-0 in the first match, the Belgian club has a little advantage and even though it could have been way better, given the course of the first match, Brugge will not close the game in order to secure the result of the first game. The teams have previously met at the group stage of the Europa League in the season 2010/11, where both times the draw 1-1 was recorded. This time, PAOK will attempt to retain the status quo in the head to head matches and advance to semifinals.

PAOK vs Club Brugge Preview 

PAOK Preview

Despite the loss of PAOK in the first match, Razvan Lucescu maintains confidence in the team and it seems that he has all the grounds to be calm. At Toumba stadium in Thessaloniki, PAOK won 5 out of the last 6 matches in the European competitions. Moreover, the strength of the Greek team at home was reassured quite recently, when PAOK cruised over Dinamo Zagreb (5-1) after the team lost the first match in Croatia (2-0). PAOK is also doing well in the local championship, given that the team can claim the first spot over AEK and Panathinaikos if it manages to win the upcoming match against Olympiakos. Thus, Lucescu’s men can feel themselves pretty confident amid the upcoming clash with Brugge.

Club Brugge Preview 

Brugge, as most of the Belgian teams, gets most of the results at home and winning only 1-0 in the first leg was quite disappointing for Nicky Hayen. Despite the brisk start at this season’s European campaign with three away wins, Brugge recently experienced a lot of problems on the road - only 1 win in the last 7 away matches. Moreover, Brugge still aims to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League directly, which necessitates wagering the 5-points gap from Anderlecht in Jupiler Pro League. The recent form of 3 consecutive wins can come in handy, with Nicky Hayen bringing memories of the most successful away matches of the team this season - 0-5 against Besiktas and 0-3 against Gent.

Betting Tips for PAOK vs Club Brugge

PAOK to Win

PAOK has a background to build on in the upcoming match. The recent memories of trashing Dinamo Zagreb in Thessaloniki and the positive home run of the team can be decisive in the upcoming match. At the same time, Brugge is well-known for its recent poor away performances which will likely affect their game in this clash as well. Unibet gives 1.90 for this PAOK vs Club Brugge prediction.

Total Goals Over 2.5

Despite the result of the first match, and general stereotypes about Greek teams as low-scoring, this match will likely see plenty of goals. PAOK home matches saw more than 2 goals in the last 3 out of 4 instances, while Brugg in away games has the same statistics in terms of productiveness - 3 out of 4 matches ended with more than 2 goals. PAOK vs Club Brugge odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.76. 

Kiril Despodov to Score at Any Time 

PAOK’s midfield and attacking creativity comes from the Bulgarian, who is able to slip across the lines and has an arsenal of fine shooting abilities. This made him the best goalscorer of the team in the local championship with 10 goals and secured 2 goals in the framework of the Conference League. With PAOK’s game revolving around Despodov, he is the first in the queue to put his name on the scoresheet. For this PAOK vs Club Brugge tip, Unibet gives 2.75.

Remember to gamble responsibly. Tips provided serve only as a recommendation, not as a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement.