Napoli vs Salzburg
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 7 March 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
Napoli and Salzburg take on each other in one of the most interesting match-ups of the last 16 round. The draw was just brutal towards both teams who share similar ambitions and have reasons to back them up respectively.
One might think this should be a one-way street for Napoli, but Salzburg have already shown strength in this competition in the last couple of years. The Austrian champions made it all the way to the semi-final in the previous term of the competition when they were stopped by Olympique Marseille after an extra-time goal.
The Bulls enjoyed a stellar run in the group stage this season winning the maximum 18 points from six matches in a challenging group with RB Leipzig, Celtic and Rosenborg. They surprisingly lost the first leg of the last 32 round tie away at Club Brugge (2-1), but went on to prove quality in the reverse fixture beating the Belgian side 4-0 in front of the home crowd.
Napoli vs Salzburg: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever head to head meeting between Napoli and Salzburg.
Napoli vs Salzburg: Prediction
Partinopei will focus entirely on the Europa League success as they definitely lost ground on Juventus in a potential Scudetto challenge after Sunday’s defeat to Bianconeri at Stadio San Paolo (1-2). Carlo Ancelotti’s men are one of the main title contenders and they clearly have quality to go all the way this season.
Napoli were super close to pass group of death with Liverpool and PSG in the Champions League, but the last round defeat 1-0 at Anfield knocked them out. They had no troubles easing past Swiss Zurich 5-1 on aggregate in the last 32 round of Europa League.
Both Napoli and Sazburg have deadly attacking line-ups and we would really be shocked to see a low-scoring affair when they take on each other for the first time ever.
Napoli vs Salzburg: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.72 (8/11)
Napoli to win & BTTS @ 3.20 (11/5).