UEFA Europa League News: Prediction: Leicester City vs Napoli

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Verdict: double chance for Napoli

Best odds: 2/3

Bookmaker: Unibet

Two teams looking to open their Europa League run with victory Thursday night, Leicester will welcome the Italian giants Napoli to King Power.

Leicester City

Starting with the hosts, while Leicester could have put in a largely impressive performance on home turf back from the international break, the Foxes were hit by a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City. Despite lifting both the FA Cup and Community Shield over the summer, Brendan Rodgers’ team showed some inconsistencies this time around. Once again losing a Champions League comeback at last season’s last hurdle, the former Liverpool manager saw his side pick up just six points from their first four Premier League games. Wiped out in the capital after being struck four by West Ham on 23 August, Leicester will also be concerned by what appear to be some extended problems at King Power. Including a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the reigning English champions last weekend, Rodgers’ side have lost three of their last four Premier League games at home. Involved in what proved to be a disappointing Europa League run last season, the Foxes could face a tough test mid-week.

Team news

Returning to full fitness, defender Ricardo Pereira could be present at King Power.

The arrival of summer Patson Daka could be lined up for a start up alongside Jamie Vardy.

Naples

As for the visitors, by deciding to appoint the new coach Luciano Spalletti during the summer, few would have expected what was an amazing start to the 2021/22 season. Although the exhausted team was hit by a friendly defeat at the hands of Benevento during the international break, Gli Azzurri certainly marked another milestone last weekend. With the mood in their field likely skyrocketing, the former Inter Milan manager saw his side pick up a captivating 2-1 win against Juventus at home. By winning each of their first three Serie A games and one of only three top-flight teams that can boast a 100% start to the new season, the Blues have continued to build their summer rebound. By mounting that impressive recovery against the Old Lady last weekend, Spalletti could call Matteo Politano to lead their charge at King Power. Finding once again the goal against Juventus on his return from the international break, the 28-year-old has scored in two consecutive games.

Team news

Limping against Juventus last weekend, skipper Lorenzo Insigne should jump on Thursday at King Power.

Similarly, Stanislav Lobotka will also miss with a muscle injury, along with Belgian winger Dries Mertens.

Key factors to consider

  • Including a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City last weekend, Leicester have lost three of their last four Premier League games at home.
  • Napoli are one of only three Serie A teams that can boast a 100% start to the 2021/22 season.
  • Likewise, Thursday’s guests scored over 1.5 goals in each of their first three domestic wins.
  • The Foxes have managed to score more than one goal in just one of their first four Premier League matches.
  • Only one of Napoli’s last five Europa League matches in a foreign land has ended with over 2.5 goals.

Conclusion

While Leicester could open Thursday’s bout as a top pick with bookmakers, the Foxes could face a tough test at King Power. Gaining a reputation that has continued since last season for their troubles on domestic soil, a high-flying Napoli could smell the possibility of causing a disturbance on foreign soil. Mounting what was a captivating recovery against Juventus in Naples last weekend, the Azzurri have garnered a lot of acclaim since the opening of the 2021/22 season. One of only three Serie A teams that can boast a 100% start, new coach Luciano Spalletti is expected to head to King Power with the mood on his pitch at its best.

Verdict: double chance for Napoli

Best odds: 2/3

Bookmaker: Unibet

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