Within just seven days, the UEFA Europa League round of 16 will be played in the round of 16. The first part of the knockout duel is going on this Thursday on the stage. Some prestigious teams are among the top 16 and the coming weeks are still extremely exciting. Once again, from an Austrian point of view, the cops from the city of Mozart hold the flags high. The semi-finalists of last year but meets one of the big favorite. In the round of 16 there will be a duel between SSC Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg!
Today’s Football Prediction Napoli vs Red Bull Salzburg
The times when the Salzburg Bulls were ridiculed internationally have become history. Although the heirs of Maradona are certainly the favorite in this knockout duel, nevertheless, the Austrian champion may not be considered as a chance. An advantage for the Rose-Elf is certainly the fact that Salzburg will play the second leg on 14 March in Wals-Siezenheim before home crowd. A narrow defeat – in the ideal case with own goal – would already be a good result for Salzburg. For the home win of Napoli VS Red Bull Salzburg odds are offered around the 1.50. The game starts in San Paolo on Thursday at 21:00!
Napoli – Statistics & Current Form
At least since last Sunday, the fans of the SSC Napoli will have to postpone the dream of the third Scudetto win in the club’s history even in this season. Even before the giants duel with Juventus Torino, the gap was considerable and at the latest after the 1: 2 home defeat, the train has finally driven off in view of 16 points behind. The fans in San Paolo were offered an extremely dramatic game. Lorenzo Insigne had the chance to make it 2-2 in the final phase, despite his early outnumber and deficit, but the small offensive player missed the penalty spot.
“We said in the cabin to play with the same toxicity on Thursday” – Dries Mertens
The disappointment was cast in the faces of the players, but Belgian Dries Mertens set the march route for the upcoming games and promised that the team would go to Salzburg with the same toxicity in the match against the Bulls. President Aurelio de Laurentiis has spent the title win in the Europa League after losing to the Old Lady. Sarri’s successor Carlo Ancelotti has only a 23-man squad at the Partenopei. Ancelotti is not a big fan of exaggerated rotation anyway. Club icon Marek Hamsik has not been active in Italy for a few weeks, but leaving for China is painful, but the Italians, Zielinski, Allan and Fabian Ruiz, continue to have extremely strong central midfielders.
The great strength of the Italians is undoubtedly the offensive. Unlike Sarri, Napoli is no longer acting in the 4-3-3 system with lightning fast tips, but in the flatter 4-4-2 system. In front of their own audience, Napoli – who only had to cope with losing out in the premier class due to their lost direct match against Liverpool – is a strong bear. The defeat against Juventus was the first home defeat after ten wins and three draws. With 29 goals, Napoli hit far more often at home than in the foreign (18 goals). The clear role of favorites is understandable and between Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg, the tip on the home win is quite justified.
Expected formation of Napoli:
➟ Meret – Ghoulam, Chiriches, Koulibaly, Hysaj – Verdi, Diawara, Zielinsky, Ounas – Insigne, Mertens
Last matches of Napoli:
⚽ 03.03.2019 – Napoli vs Juventus Torino 1: 2 (Series A)
⚽ 24.02.2019 – Parma vs. Napoli 0: 4 (Serie A)
⚽ 21.02.2019 – Napoli vs FC Zurich 2: 0 (Europa League)
⚽ 17.02.2019 – Napoli vs Torino FC 0: 0 (Serie A)
⚽ 14.02.2019 – FC Zurich vs. Napoli 1: 3 (Europa League)
Red Bull Salzburg – Statistics & Current Form
With six wins, the team of head coach Marco Rose also confidently secured the group win in the UEFA Europa League this autumn. For the third time, the bulls from Mozart’s city were able to reach the points maximum in the group stage. In addition, the Austrian champion earned even more respect with two wins against “sister club” RB Leipzig. Despite again missed premier class Salzburg is no longer smiled at least since the last Europa League season. Renowned teams have been eliminated with Real Sociedad de San Sebastian, Borussia Dortmund and Lazio.
“Napoli is our strongest opponent so far. It is the best and also the most constant opponent with a dangerous playing area and excellent players. This is a Champions League quality team, but they are not unbeatable. ” – Xaver Schlager
But with the Italian top club now waiting a team that acts for years on an outstanding level. Midfielder Xaver Schlager called the Italians the hitherto most consistent team against which the Bulls had to compete. A statement that certainly has its justification. The task is made more difficult that Salzburg does not yet have the rhythm of the autumn. The achievements in 2019 were by no means outstanding. Although Club Brugge could be beaten 4-0 at home, but the game was very beneficial for the Bulls. A few days later Salzburg was beaten for the first time in the Bundesliga. The departure of Amadou Haidara weighs heavier than expected. For the game in Italy Marco Rose will also have to do without the injured Marin Pongracic. It will be a special match for right-back Stefan Lainer, who was already in agreement with Napoli in the summer of 2018, but then got no clearance from Salzburg.
The experts are sure that the Austrian champion is not without a chance, but a progress would be a big surprise. Before the first leg between Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg, the odds for the “To Qualify” of the Austrians are in the range of 3.00! Salzburg must meet in Napoli to have a realistic chance. To that end, the Rose Elf is by no means just put in the back.
Expected formation of Red Bull Salzburg:
➟ Walke – Ulmer, Onguene, Ramalho, Lainer – Junuzovic, Samassekou, Schlager – Wolf – Dabbur, Daka
Last matches of Red Bull Salzburg:
⚽ 02.03.2019 – Red Bull Salzburg Vs. Wolfsberg 3: 0 (Bundesliga)
⚽ 24.02.2019 – Rapid Wien vs. Red Bull Salzburg 2: 0 (Bundesliga)
⚽ 21.02.2019 – Red Bull Salzburg vs. Bruges 4-0 (Europa League)
⚽ 17.02.2019 – Wiener Neustadt vs. Vienna Red Bull Salzburg 1: 2 (Cup)
⚽ 14.02.2019 – FC Bruges vs. Red Bull Salzburg 2: 1 (Europa League)
Napoli vs Red Bull Salzburg Direct Comparison
Napoli and RBS face each other for the first time on Thursday evening at San Paolo. Napoli will play for the second time in club history a knockout duel against an Austrian team. The Italians celebrated in the 1966/67 season – more than five decades ago – two victories against the Vienna Sports Club in the then UEFA Cup. Salzburg has a little more experience with teams from Italy. In the last season, the Bulls caused a sensation in the quarter-finals against Lazio Rom, as the team from the Mozart city, despite a 2-4 first-leg defeat still fixed thanks to a 4-1 home win the rise.
Napoli vs Red Bull Salzburg Betting Predictions Analysed
SSC Napoli is for Austria’s champions Red Bull Salzburg certainly one of the most attractive lots in the second round of the Europa League. The Salzburg team will certainly not be underestimated after the achievements in the previous year. An advantage for Salzburg is the “underdog role” that they have without any ifs and buts, but definitely. With the existing joke and the pace in the offensive, the team can put quite a pinprick. With this quality in the game between Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg, the tip on a Salzburg goal is quite interesting.
Key Facts – Napoli vs Red Bull Salzburg tips
➟ President de Laurentiis has given the title win as a goal!
➟ First direct duel between Napoli and RBS
➟ Salzburg was able to surprise several times in the Europa League last year!
In the first leg between Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg, the prediction on the home win will be obvious in the three-way market. The Italians have international top players at their disposal, a strong home record and, in addition, President de Laurentiis has given him the title as a target. Tactical wait can not be expected, the Italians will probably press from the beginning on the pace. The bulls are not able to celebrate defensive football, so there should be plenty of chances to score. That’s why I see value between Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg at the tip of over 2.5 at odds of 1.75.
|Prediction Today||Over 2.5 goals|
|Betting Prediction||Under 2.5 goals|
|Betting Tips||Both Teams to score/ YES|
|Bet Tips||Both Teams to score/ NO|