Napoli vs Arsenal
Date: Thursday, 18th April 2019
Kick-off at 20.00 UK/ 21.00 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
It was a wonder how Arsenal failed to wrap up the tie in the first leg itself. The number of chances they created – one would expect at least three or four goals from them. Still a lead of two goals in aggregate from the home leg, and with no away goals to worry about is a great result.
For the return leg, Arsenal travels to Italy. One thing that Napoli will be cheerful about is that they are practically out of the league title race. As a cherry on top, they also have the qualification to Champions League almost in their bag. Now all that remains is their CL tie against the Gunners.
Napoli vs Arsenal Head-to-head (h2h)
- Arsenal has failed only once to record two or more goals.
- Napoli failed to score in two of the last three matches.
- Napoli has a 100% winning record at this venue.
- Arsenal managed two wins from the last three encounters, while Napoli managed one.
Napoli vs Arsenal Prediction
The home ground provides some degree of armor to Napoli, and they will take advantage of it for sure. They are in a very relaxed state of mind as far as their league campaign is concerned. As such, Napoli can concentrate wholly on this tie. Whereas, Arsenal is still in a race to qualify for the Champions League, and that takes some steam out of their performance. Importantly, Napoli has a 100% winning record in h2h ties at home. Expect a home win this Thursday.
The story doesn’t end there. Napoli might win, but that doesn’t mean they will progress. They have no away goals to count on, and if Arsenal manages to score just one goal, extra time is out of the question, and the hosts will have to score four in return in regular time.
As such, Arsenal will not mind losing the tie, as long as they progress. Since Napoli is behind in aggregate, they will try and attack, and the free-flowing Arsenal offense will capitalize on it. Expect Arsenal to record at least a goal, if not more.
Napoli vs Arsenal Betting Tips
Napoli to Win @ 1.75 (3/4)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.60 (3/5).