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SSC Napoli vs Arsenal 18.04.2019 – Europa League

SSC Napoli vs Arsenal / Europa League – Outcome of the 1st quarter-final leg didn’t bring uncertainty, which was perhaps expected. Both teams are strong and come from major European leagues; Napoli even played in the Champions League this season and it occupies the second place in the Italian Serie A. Still, Arsenal was the one who dominated the pitch and now Napoli has to annul backlog of two goals, which would be very hard to do even for much stronger team than the Neapolitans are. We should add that the only match between the two teams played in Naples had ended as victory of the home team 2-0.

SSC Napoli vs Arsenal begins 18.04.2019 at 21:00 CET

SSC Napoli

Napoli disappointed in the first match as more was expected from the vice-champions of Italy, regardless that their opponent was very strong team. Napoli failed to impose its rhythm, while it was especially worrying that they were quite futile in attack, with just a couple of good chances. Napoli had serious problem with defence that succumbed to Arsenal’s first serious pressure, and by 25 minute Napoli was trailing behind for two goals.

They played more openly in the second half but they could easily pay the price for that with several more goals, so the final 2-0 wasn’t a bad result.  On Sunday they had a easy league match with written-off Chievo, which Napoli won by 3-1. Stopper Koulibaly scored two goals, while Ospina at the goal and Milik in attack were manager Ancelotti’s refreshments. Now, Mertens could easily stay on the bench.

Probable lineups SSC Napoli: Meret – Malcuit, Maksimovic – Koulibaly, Rui – Allan, Ruiz, Callejon, Zielinski – Milik, L. Insigne

Arsenal

If we judge by last six matches than we can say that Arsenal is in very good shape. Among them is defeat by Everton that spoils a bit the overall picture but Arsenal won remaining five matches, all with a clean sheet. Interestingly, they didn’t manage to score goal against Everton. The Gunners played very well the first match with Napoli and have those 2-0, so they could be even sorry for not resolving all dilemmas at the Emirates. Napoli’s goalkeeper prevent them to win by higher goal difference, however, if they play now like they did recently those 2-0 should be quite sufficient.

They played a league match on Monday; it was away match with always tough Watford. The Gunners managed to take a lead thanks to Aubameyang quite early but more important was that the home team was left with 10 players right after the goal. Arsenal didn’t use that to score more goals but they didn’t receive any, and they won three new important points for the race for the Champions League. Manager Emery made several changes that were meant to keep the team fresh, while Sokratis was suspended. Now, there will be new changes and we should add that midfielder G. Xhaka is fully ready.

Probable lineups Arsenal: P. Cech – Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal – Maitland-Niles, G. Xhaka, Guendouzi, Kolasinac – Ramsey, Mkhitaryan – Lacazette

SSC Napoli vs Arsenal PICK

The result is such that Napoli must take risk and play on all or nothing. It attack is very good and we don’t  doubt that is capable to score at home, but it will be much harder to defend it goal as Arsenal will wait for it chance to counter-attack.

Pick: both teams to score

Stake: 6/10

Odds: 1.61 at 10bet (down to 1.56 can be played)

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