Napoli vs Arsenal predictions and betting tips for the Europa League quarter final on Thursday 18th April. Arsenal will be trying to build on their 2-0 lead from the first leg to reach their second Europa League semi final in as many years. They will however have to get past the tough challenge of Italian giants Napoli.
Arsenal are hoping to build on Monday night’s win vs Watford.
Napoli need a big turn around if they hope to qualify.
Who will prevail in the standout fixture of the round?
Arsenal will feel a little frustrated that they are only going to Naples with a 2-0 lead. They were very comfortable at the Emirates and could have scored a couple more to put this tie out of sight. Unfortunately for them this is not the case. With the mix of Napoli’s incredibly hostile home atmosphere and Arsenal’s poor away form, this quarter final is still alive and Arsenal know they will have to play very well if they want to qualify for the semi.
Both teams come into the game after away wins in the league. Arsenal scraped a 1-0 win away at Watford whilst Napoli comfortably beat bottom side Chievo 3-1 in a game where star centre back Kalidou Koulibaly scored twice. With the Serie A title effectively over as Juventus are 17 points ahead, this is Napoli’s last chance of winning silverware this season. Therefore, a game they will take very seriously.
Napoli to win – 7/10
Draw – 10/3
Arsenal to win – 15/4
If there’s one thing that these two teams have in common, it is the amount of goal scoring talent that they have in their ranks. Arsenal have two of the most prolific strikers in Europe in Lacazette and Aubameyang whereas Napoli have a great selection of attacking acquisition. The likes of Mertens, Milik and Insigne just to name a few.
Even though Napoli are yet to concede a goal at home in this seasons Europa League, they are yet to face a challenge such as Arsenal at the San Paolo. An away goal for Arsenal would be huge, so Napoli will need to cancel out this threat by scoring a lot of goals themselves. They will be hoping their star attackers are on form. My goalscorer tip for this game is Milik to score any time, which you can get at 13/10 with Unibet.
Napoli will probably take an attacking approach to this game, which could lead the Gunners to replicate. I feel there will be goals in this game. My other tip is for there to be over 2.5 goals, which you can get at (1/2 so this is one for your over 2.5 goals accumulator.
As I stated above, Napoli need to score goals in this game. They need at least two to take the game to extra time. This will be a massive test of Arsenal’s defensive capabilities and game management.
Napoli have one of the best home records in Europe, only losing once all season, when Juventus beat them 2-1 in March. I believe that Napoli will carry on this great home form and beat Arsenal, however not by enough to go through. My tip is for Napoli to win 2-1 which you can get at (ODDS).