Napoli vs Salzburg predictions, preview and betting tips for tonight’s Europa League clash on March 7th with an anytime goalscorer tip and goals prediction included.
Champions League drop-outs Napoli host RB Salzburg in the first leg of this Europa League clash, and will be expected to take an advantage back to Austria in seven days time. The Serie A outfit were desperately unlucky not to take anything from their Sunday night clash with Juventus, and should be able to make amends for that slip-up here. See our prediction and betting tips below.
Although Napoli start at an odds-on price for this game, Salzburg are unlikely to be pushovers in this clash. The Austrians have an excellent recent record in this competition, and are extremely handy going forward. They’ve lost just one of their last nine Europa League clashes, with that sole defeat coming in Belgian in the last round. They bounced back with a resounding victory in front of their own fans, but they are susceptible on the road. They have found the net in seven of their last eight away Europa League matches, and they can play their part in a very entertaining clash here.
Napoli went down to ten men, but fought valiantly against Juventus on Sunday, and Carlo Ancellotti’s side missed the chance to equalise from the penalty spot. They beat Zurich 5-1 on aggregate in the previous round of the competition, putting in an extremely competetent and professional performance, and I’d expect more of the same here. Salzburg are better than the Swiss outfit, and will give them a few scares along the way. Napoli to Win and Over 2.5 Goals looks the best option, and it’s the first of our Europa League betting tips for Thursday night.
Napoli faced the other Red Bull franchise in the round of 32 last season, and found Leipzig particularly handy going forward. The Partenopei have changed management since, and the system has shifted significantly, but Salzburg will fancy their chances of bagging an away goal. In the UCL, they conceded at home to both Red Star Belgrade and PSG during the group stage, and it’s unlikely that they’ll keep a clean sheet in this one. Marseille were the last side to stop Salzburg from finding the net, and the Austrians were very unlucky that night. Over 2.5 Goals and Both Teams to Score looks like a decent bet in this game, and it’s the second of our Napoli vs Salzburg betting tips.
Although he regularly finds the net domestically, Munas Dabbur tends to save his best for the Europa League. The 26-year old netted in the previous round against Club Brugge, and is currently the competitions top goalscorer for the 2018-19 season. He also found the net at Celtic Park, against Leipzig and Rosenborg, and can continue his love affair with Thursday nights here. Napoli have plenty of goalscorers to choose from, but the Israeli is likely to be Salzburg’s biggest threat, and he won’t be distracted by the big occasion. Munas Dabbur is the third of our Napoli vs Salzburg predictions for this evening’s encounter.
Napoli start as odds-on favourites and can be backed at 1/2 to take a lead into the second leg. It’s 15/4 for the game to end all-square whilst Salzburg have been chalked up at 6/1 to steal an unlikely victory at Stadio San Paolo.
Goals tend to follow both sides around in this competition, and unsurprisingly, it’s 8/11 for Over 2.5 Goals in this tie. More ambitious punters can take 7/4 on Over 3.5 Goals in this game.
Arkadiusz Milik has enjoyed a brilliant season in Serie A, and is the division’s most prolific goalscorer this season (in terms of minutes on the pitch). He is the favourite to net the opener, and can be backed at 15/4 to break the deadlock. Dries Mertens is 4/1 to score the first of the match whilst Lorenzo Insigne is around 9/2 to get Napoli off to a decent start.