Napoli vs RB Leipzig
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 15 February 2018
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
There are teams in the last 32 of the Europa League that make you wonder “how can this team not be in the Champions League knock-out stages”, and I feel Napoli is the absolute example of that. They lost 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk in their first group match, and somehow never managed to recover from that, despite impressing in their next four games, even when losing to Manchester City. Their defeat at Feyenoord on the last day was more a product of disappointment, as they were well-aware of what was happening in Kharkiv simultaneously (Shakhtar were beating Manchester City, Napoli were getting eliminated). Mid February, and Napoli are still leading in the Serie A, looking more determined than… ever to finally return to the top. Be reminded, they haven’t won the title in Italy since 1990, almost 30 years ago. Last weekend they came from behind to beat Lazio 4-1 at home. That was their eighth win in a row.
RB Leipzig may be 18 whole points behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, but they have definitely proved that last season wasn’t a… weird isolated thing. They are still second in the Bundesliga, and they are still active in a UEFA competition in February. It’s not the Champions League, as they finished third in their group, but then again, it was a very tough group, with Porto, Monaco, and Besiktas. They have back-to-back wins in the Bundesliga, including last weekend’s 2-0 over Augsburg at home. It’s interesting that their last five goals have come from five different players, a sign that they are not relying exclusively on Timo Werner to send the ball in. Their away win at Gladbach 10 days ago was important to help them regain some confidence, as they had earned just one point from their three previous away matches before that win over Borussia.
Previous five matches:
Napoli vs Lazio 4-1
Benevento vs Napoli 0-2
Napoli vs Bologna 3-1
Atalanta vs Napoli 0-1
Napoli vs Hellas Verona 2-0
RB Leipzig vs Augsburg 2-0
Gladbach vs RB Leipzig 0-1
RB Leipzig vs Hamburg 1-1
Freiburg vs RB Leipzig 2-1
RB Leipzig vs Schalke 3-1
Napoli’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus SPAL (Italy Serie A). RB Leipzig are visiting Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday (Germany Bundesliga).
Napoli vs RB Leipzig: Head to head Stats
Napoli have faced nine German teams in the past, but not RB Leipzig.
Napoli vs RB Leipzig: Prediction
I’m thrilled to see Napoli’s win pay 2.15. I expected way less, so to see it at 2.15 looks… almost too good to be true.
Napoli vs RB Leipzig: Betting Tips
I have very little doubt suggesting Napoli’s win, especially seeing it pay 2.15. I consider it good enough to avoid risking further with any special bets.
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- Nice vs Lokomotiv Moscow
- Spartak Moscow vs Athletic Bilbao
- Ludogorets vs AC Milan
- Real Sociedad vs Salzburg
- Ostersunds vs Arsenal
- Marseille vs Braga
- FC Copenhagen vs Atletico Madrid
- AEK Athens vs Dynamo Kyiv
- Celtic vs Zenit
- Lyon vs Villarreal
- Partizan Belgrade vs Viktoria Plzen
- FCSB vs Lazio