Napoli vs Red Bull Salzburg Europa League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Europa League Napoli vs Red Bull
Napoli vs Red Bull Salzburg Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 3-0.

This is perhaps the standout tie of the Europa League Round of 16 as Italian giants Napoli take on the in-form Red Bull Salzburg, who reached last season’s semi-final stage of the competition.

Predictions

Napoli are ranked as the second favourites for the Europa League this season, behind Chelsea, having dropped into the tournament from the Champions League.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side eased past Swiss outfit FC Zurich in the Round of 32 and will be favourites to progress through a very tough assignment against the Austrian team here.

Red Bull Salzburg won all six of their group games before eliminating Club Brugge and look in ominous form in the competition, where they reached the semi-finals last season.

Salzburg were only eliminated in last season’s competition by a huge moment of controversy as Marseille scored a decisive goal from a corner which should not have been awarded.

The hosts will be favourites to edge out the first leg of this tie due to possessing home advantage, although their form and quality is perhaps on a par with the Austrian side.

The home side are favourites to win this game although it may not be comfortable – a 3-1 triumph for the Serie A side would appear a likely outcome from it.

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Betting Tips

Red Bull Salzburg’s away games in the Europa League group stage were filled with goals – 15 flew in across their three trips, which all ended in victories. They lost 2-1 at Club Brugge in their away tie but this is sure to be an open game against a Napoli side with no shortage of attacking talent. 888Sport price over 3.5 goals at 39/20.

The Israeli international has already agreed a €15m move to Sevilla this summer and with seven goals in the Europa League so far this season, he is the competition’s top scorer. Dabbur has already hit 24 goals this campaign and him finding the net here is among the best online betting odds for this round of games. Dabbur is 9/4 at 10Bet to score anytime.

Statistics

Head to Head

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

Stats

  • Salzburg are 11 points clear at the top of the Austrian league after 20 matches and they have lost just once with 16 wins and three draws.
  • Napoli have won 10 of their 14 home matches in Serie A this season and collecting 33 points in the process – the second strongest record in the division, behind only Juventus.
  • Napoli were eliminated at the Round of 32 of the competition last season, when they had also dropped down from the Champions League, with a loss on away goals to RB Leipzig.
  • Red Bull Salzburg have lost only two of their 42 matches across all competitions this season.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

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