Thursday’s Europa League action sees Napoli against AZ.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Napoli v AZ can be seen below - plus the latest match odds.
Napoli are hoping to win again following a 4-1 Serie A triumph vs Atalanta.
In that game, SSC Napoli managed 49% possession and 19 shots at goal with 11 of them on target. For SSC Napoli, the goals were scored by Hirving Lozano (23', 27'), Matteo Politano (30') and Victor Osimhen (43'). Atalanta got 13 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Sam Lammers (69') was the scorer for Atalanta.
Matches featuring SSC Napoli have often been lively affairs lately with a lot of goalmouth action being a common characteristic. Over their past 6 clashes alone, the sum total of 23 goals have been recorded for both teams combined (at an average of 3.83 goals per game) with 16 of them accredited to Partenopei. Even so, we will just have to wait and see whether the trend shall be replicated here in this match.
In their previous fixture, AZ drew 2-2 in the Eredivisie tie with VVV-Venlo.
For AZ, goals were scored by Jesper Karlsson (2') and Calvin Stengs (24'). Evert Linthorst (86') and Giorgos Giakoumakis (88') scored for VVV-Venlo.
Illustrating their predisposition for eventful encounters, goals have been celebrated 26 times in the last 6 matches in which AZ have played, yielding a mean average of 4.33 goals per fixture. Their opponents have got 13 from this total.
In this game, AZ certainly have the ability to put one past this Napoli side, however it is unlikely to be as many as they will have scored against them.
We think that it’s going to be a very close game with a 2-1 win for Napoli by the time that the referee blows the final whistle. Could easily see this go either way.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo (54,726)
Captain: Lorenzo Insigne
Chairman: Aurelio De Laurentiis
Manager: Gennaro Gattuso
Competitions: Serie A position 5, Europa League (Group F)
⭐ Star Man: Matteo Politano
Regularly taking to the field in the Right Wing position, Matteo Politano was born in Italy. After making a first senior appearance for Pescara in the 2013 - 2014 season, the skilful Forward has scored a sum of 2 league goals in the Serie A 2020 - 2021 season so far in 3 appearances.