Leicester vs Napoli: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Leicester City face a tough test in their opening Europa League fixture as they welcome Napoli to the King Power on Thursday at 8pm.
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Leicester City are set to embark on another Europa League adventure after the disappointment of last season’s Round of 32 exit at the hands of Slavia Prague. Napoli provide stern competition in the first match of the group stages, but the Foxes will feel capable of securing a route through a group completed by Spartak Moscow and Legia Warsaw.
That said, it’s not been a great start to the domestic campaign for Leicester, despite beating Manchester City in the Community Shield. When those two sides met in the Premier League on Saturday, the Citizens ran out 0-1 winners while a 4-1 defeat at West Ham leaves Brendan Rodgers’ side on just six points following their first four games of the season.
Napoli meanwhile have enjoyed a perfect start to the Serie A campaign over in Italy. Partenopei have picked up a trio of wins against Venezia, Genoa and Juventus, that victory over the Bianconeri on Saturday giving hope for an impressive season at Stadio San Paolo.
Like Leicester, the Neopolitans suffered an unexpected Round of 32 defeat in the Europa League stages last term, so new manager Luciano Spaletti, formerly of Roma and Inter Milan, will be hoping for more success in this competition starting with a first ever Europa League win against English opposition on Thursday night.
Leicester vs Napoli: Match Stats
Leicester’s struggles against West Ham and Manchester City perhaps point to a lack of consistency of style, while Napoli will head to the King Power in fine fettle after that win over Juventus. We may have 1-1 as our correct score prediction below, but the odds of 6/5 on an away win; draw no bet punt look good to us as we don’t see the hosts taking all three points here.
Matteo Politano was on the scoresheet in Napoli’s victory over Juventus on Sunday and he’s already picked up two assists in this campaign. He could come up against the inexperienced full-back Luke Thomas in this game and will hope to provide a creative outlet for the visitors from the right-hand side.
Leicester vs Napoli: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Leicester 1-1 Napoli
Leicester vs Napoli: Odds
Leicester vs Napoli: Head to Head
This is the first ever meeting between Leicester City and Napoli. The Foxes’ record in the Europa League last season saw them win four, draw one and lose one of their six group games against Braga, AEK Athens and Zorya Luhansk, prior to a Round of 32 defeat to Slavia Prague.
Napoli meanwhile, lifted this trophy back in 1989 when it was still known as the UEFA Cup.