FC Zurich vs Napoli Europa League Predictions

Europa League FC Zurich vs Napoli
FC Zurich vs Napoli Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 1-3.

Italian giants Napoli will be clear favourites for the meeting with Swiss side FC Zurich, but it still should be a worthy Europa League encounter.

Predictions

FC Zurich, who are firm underdogs for this clash, sit fourth in the Swiss top flight and are 24 points behind league leaders Young Boys.

The Swiss side won all three of their opening group games in the Europa League – against AEK Larnaca, Ludogorets and Bayer Leverkusen – but only scraped through by collecting one more point in their following three matches.

Napoli would rather not be in this competition having dropped down from the Champions League, narrowly being edged out by Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool in their testing group.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are currently in second place in Serie A but sit a whopping 11 points behind league leaders Juventus.

The visitors will be favourites to take control of this despite not possessing home advantage, due to their vastly superior form and quality over FC Zurich.

The away side are favourites to win this game although it may not be comfortable – a 2-1 triumph for the Italian side would appear a likely outcome from it.

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Betting Tips

The Neapolitan side are the favourites to win this game but the value lies in their victory in a low-scoring game. Five of Napoli’s six Champions League group games possessed fewer than 2.5 goals while four of FC Zurich’s Europa League group stage games had this outcome. This is among the best online betting odds for this midweek round of action and is 27/25 at 888Sport.

The Italy international already has 11 goals to date this campaign and scored in three of Napoli’s six Champions League group stage games. The 27-year-old is an increasingly key component for the Italian giants and looks sure to feature heavily again here, coming in at 6/4 with 888Sport to score anytime.

Statistics

Head to Head

These two sides have never previously played each other in competitive football.

Stats

  • Napoli have won six of their 11 away matches in Serie A this campaign, picking up 20 points in the process – the second highest points tally in the division.
  • FC Zurich have won just four of their 10 home matches in the Swiss top flight so far this campaign but have lost just once – the fourth strongest record in the division.
  • The Swiss side last reached this stage of the competition in 2008, when they were eliminated 3-1 on aggregate by German side Hamburg.
  • Napoli were eliminated at this stage of the competition last season, when they had also dropped down from the Champions League, with a loss on away goals to RB Leipzig.
By:Clay McGibbon

A life-long Bury fan, Clay has realized his dreams of seeing his boyhood club reach the lofty heights of Premier League glory are very unlikely. Though currently living in London, Clay never misses the opportunity to watch his team on the stream. Often spotted at centre-back in Sunday League, Clay has settled for reporting on the top teams throughout Europe. He has recently taken a liking to the NFL, and hopes to be able to attend an NFL game at Wembley this year.

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