Salzburg vs Napoli
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 14 March 2019
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Red Bull Arena (Wals-Siezenheim).
This was supposed to be one of the most interesting of all R16 ties, but Napoli made it one-sided contest seven days ago at Stadio San Paolo. Partinopei celebrated a demolishing 3-0 victory in front of the home crowed to practically close the tie even before the reverse fixture in Wals-Siezenheim.
Salzburg played the semi-final of the competition last year, but they need a miracle to go beyond the last 16 round phase this time around. The team led by Marco Rose enjoyed an empathic run in the group stage where they won each of six matches in a rather challenging group with Celtic, RB Leipzig and Rosenborg in it.
However, we can’t forget that they also lost the first leg of the last 32 round phase 2-1 away at Cub Brugge before storming 4-0 past Belgian champions in the return fixture at Red Bull Arena.
Salzburg vs Napoli: Head-to-head
The match played last Thursday at Stadio San Paolo was the first ever head to head meeting between the two sides.
Napoli bagged two goals within opening 18 minutes of the affair and they easily closed it with a 3.0 win at the end.
Salzburg vs Napoli: Prediction
Both Salzburg and Napoli have clear situations in their respective domestic leagues. The hosts are nine points clear off LASK Linz at the top of the Bundesliga standings and they will most likely defend the title. Napoli are 12 points behind leaders Juventus in Serie A and have nowhere to go from this perspective.
The Bulls have an outstanding home record in Europa League where they won eight and drew one of last nine games. They kept clean sheets in each of past three home outings in this competition. Salzburg can’t afford to concede a goal here.
However, Napoli are also a formidable force of their own as they won five of past six away matches in Europa League. They are one of main contenders to go all the way this season and we can’6 imagine them dropping a huge three-goal advantage here.
Salzburg vs Napoli: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.20 (6/5)
Salzburg or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5).