Two out of form teams clash on Thursday night on matchday 6 of the Europa League in a high-stakes game. Napoli host Leicester City with both teams having the chance to progress to the round of 16 as Group C winners. Leicester City are at the top of Group C with eight points from 15 possible. Napoli are third in the group on seven points. Sitting between the Group C rivals are Spartak Moscow, who are also on seven points.
Napoli vs Leicester City Match Preview
Leicester City’s objective is simple as a win will see them progress to the last 16 of the Europa League. A loss to Napoli would see the Italians move above them. However, Napoli’s progression to the round of 16 will also depend on Spartak Moscow’s result against last-place Legia Warsaw.
Remember that first place team in Group C qualifies for the last 16 of the Europa League. The second-place finisher moves to the Europa League preliminary playoff round while third place goes into the Europa Conference League. Meanwhile, fourth place goes home.
The previous fixture between these teams was a thriller at the King Power Stadium. The game finished 2-2 after Napoli came from 2-0 down to earn a hard-fought draw.
Napoli vs Leicester City Betting Odds
Napoli head into the match on Thursday night fresh off of a Serie A loss to Atalanta. The Partenopei fell 3-2 to Atalanta which knocked the Naples club out of first place. Napoli are now winless in back-to-back games going into matchday 6 against Leicester City.
Bookies’ best betting odds on a Napoli win at full-time are at 23/20. Napoli have been very good at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona this season. Luciano Spalletti’s team has posted a record of 7W-1D-2L. They have outscored opponents at home 22-8 in all competitions.
Leicester City are also winless in back-to-back games ahead of Thursday night’s clash in Italy. Brendan Rodgers’ team is coming off of a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa in the league. Just two of Leicester City’s last nine matches in all competitions finished as wins.
Bookies’ best betting odds on a win at full-time for Leicester City against Napoli are at 23/10. The Foxes are unbeaten in three straight matches in the Europa League. Two of their five matches in the Europa League thus far finished as draws. Bookies’ best betting odds on a draw at full-time are at 27/10.
Napoli vs Leicester City Team News
Spalletti could be without up to six players for Leicester City’s arrival. The biggest absence for Napoli will be captain Lorenzo Insigne. Insigne has a calf injury making him a major doubt. Insigne is drawing interest from teams around the world as his contract expires at the end of the season.
Napoli’s Stanislav Lobotka is a major doubt due to a hamstring injury. Fabian Ruiz is ruled out thanks to a groin strain. Kalidou Koulibaly is ruled out until January due to injury. Victor Osimhen is a major doubt after breaking a cheekbone and Alessandro Zanoli is a doubt following a bout of coronavirus.
Rodgers continues to be without long-term absentees Wesley Fofana and James Justin. Ricardo Pereira is also ruled out of the game which adds to Rodgers’ defensive issues. Youri Tielemans is nearing a return but is unlikely to travel to Naples.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is a major doubt due to a wrist injury. If Schmeichel is unable to play, Wales international Danny Ward will step into goal. Reports indicate that Jamie Vardy will play against Napoli in some capacity. Thursday night’s match is a must-win and Rodgers’ will do whatever it takes to get through to the next round of the Europa League.
Napoli vs Leicester City H2H
Europa League matchday 1 was the first time these teams have met in European competition. Leicester City’s Ayoze Perez opened the scoring in the ninth minute and Harvey Barnes doubled the score on 64 minutes.
From there, Leicester City fell apart as Victor Osimhen scored in the 69th and 87th minutes. By the time the final whistle was blown, Leicester City were holding on.
Neither team goes into the match on Thursday night in form. Leicester City have failed to win back-to-back matches as have Napoli. Both clubs are coming off of losses last weekend on the domestic front.
Napoli vs Leicester City Prediction
Half time result: Leicester City @ 17/10 - BET NOW
Leicester City were in the driver’s seat at halftime against Napoli on matchday 1. The Foxes led the game 1-0 at the halftime break and our betting tips prediction is for Leicester City to win the first half. Leicester City were winning at halftime against Legia Warsaw on matchday 5 of the Europa League. Based on Napoli’s form, injuries, and previous slow start, our betting tips prediction is for Leicester City to start strongly.
Harvey Barnes to score anytime @ 17/5 - BET NOW
Harvey Barnes scored at the weekend as Leicester City fell 2-1 to Aston Villa. Barnes hasn't had a prolific season in front of goal for Leicester City and isn’t playing to the standard he set last term. Still, Barnes is an exciting player at the age of 23. He has four goals in 18 matches in all competitions with one coming in the Europa League. That goal came against Napoli on matchday 1. Our betting tips prediction is for Harvey Barnes to score anytime.
First team to score: Leicester City @ 13/10 - BET NOW
Based on Napoli’s form, injuries, and previous slow start, our betting tips prediction is for Leicester City to start strongly. Leicester City got on the scoresheet first when these teams previously met. Needing a win to ensure they progress to the next round of the Europa League; Rodgers’ team should come out swinging.
Napoli are out of form going into the game. A loss could see them finish in third place and move into the Europa Conference League. Our betting tips prediction is for Leicester City to go to Naples and get an important win to seal progression as group winners. Leicester City are unbeaten in three straight Europa League games and they should make it four straight without a loss in the competition on Thursday night.
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