Red Bull vs Napoli Europa League Predictions

Europa League Red Bull vs Napoli
Red Bull vs Napoli Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 3-1.

This was one of the standout ties of this round of Europa League action. Napoli’s 3-0 victory in the first leg has put them firmly in the driving seat and last season’s beaten semi-finalists now need a minor miracle if they are to progress to the last eight.

Predictions

Napoli hold a seemingly commanding three-goal lead from the first leg last week and are in an extremely strong position to advance to the quarter-finals.
The Italian club are ranked as the second favourites for the Europa League this season, behind Chelsea, having dropped into the tournament from the Champions League.

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

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 visitors will be overwhelming favourites to advance to the last eight despite not possessing home advantage, as they hold superior form and quality over Salzburg.

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

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Betting Tips

Red Bull Salzburg’s games in the Europa League group stage have been filled with goals – 33 have flown in across their nine matches in the tournament to date, while Napoli have no shortage of attacking talent themselves. With the hosts chasing a big turnaround, they will leave themselves open and goals are guaranteed. 888Sport price over 3.5 goals at 7/4.

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. Royal Panda have Dabbur at 13/10 anytime.

Statistics

Head to Head

Napoli’s 3-0 victory in the first leg last week was the first time these two sides had met in the competition.

Stats

  • Salzburg are nine points clear at the top of the Austrian league after 21 matches but have won just two of their last five games in the division.
  • 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.
  • Napoli have won seven of their 13 home matches in Serie A this season and collecting 24 points in the process – the second strongest record in the division, behind only Juventus.
    Red Bull Salzburg have lost only three of their 44 matches across all competitions this season – but all have come in their last seven outings.
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