AZ Alkmaar vs Napoli
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 3 December 2020
Kick-Off at 20.00 UK
Venue: AFAS Stadion, Alkmaar.
Derby match of the Group F in Europa League is taking place in Netherlands this Thursday where AZ Alkmaar welcomes Napoli. Hosts are pretty much in situation where they need three points to stay in an active race for playoff positions, while Italian side would surely be satisfied even with a draw here as they managed to collect nine points.
Gennaro Gattuso’s boys demolished AS Roma during the last weekend in big style, so it is not a surprise to see 1.80 odds offered on the away win here. AZ Alkmaar are nowhere close to form and results from the previous campaign when they were title contenders.
AZ Alkmaar vs Napoli Head-to-head
The main reason why AZ are still in decent position to chase the playoffs is surprising 1-0 win against Napoli in Italy, achieved in the first round. The only goal was scored by Dani de Wit in the second half.
Besides that game, AZ played against Italian club five times so far, achieved three victories and suffered two defeats.
As for their opponents, Napoli locked horns against Dutch squads 7 times which resulted in just one victory, two draws and four defeats.
AZ Alkmaar vs Napoli Prediction
Napoli have won every single encounter in this group except the one against AZ. They are leaders with nine points, but a potential loss here could be super-harmful, especially if Real Sociedad beats Rijeka.
Gattuso’s priority is Serie A, but they can’t allow the embarrassment of dropping out from UEL group stages. Team has four victories in the last five appearances across competitions. The only loss came at home to AC Milan. We will back Napoli to extend the winning streak, but also to concede at least one goal to AZ.
Team from Alkmaar started Eredivisie campaign with five straight draws, which is an awful result overall. They recovered in the last few weeks though with four victories in a row. This team is very consistent when it comes to scoring, so Over 2.5 goals is also a solid option.
AZ Alkmaar vs Napoli Bet Tips
Away win & Both teams to score @ 3.50
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.72.