Salzburg vs Napoli
The Salzburg arrives at this challenge aware that it will take half a miracle to overturn the score of the first leg. The 3-0 in favor of Napoli in the San Paolo match does not leave the Austrians with so many qualifying hopes but they still want to believe it. Marco Rose’s boys often gave great comebacks even if, to tell the truth, not starting from a result that was so severe. However the 4-2 overturned against Lazio in the quarter-finals of last season, winning at home 4-1 is to be taken into consideration. Rose’s lineup is then in charge of the Austrian Bundesliga, with 9 points ahead of Linz, back from the 0-0 home draw against Sturm Graz.
Napoli is now concentrated exclusively on the Europa League. And the line-up sent by Carlo Ancelotti on the Sassuolo field, a 1-1 draw, was a clear message. A targeted turnover to arrive in Austria and not to underestimate Salzburg. The 3-0 result was important, but the Italian coach fears that the Austrians can create more than one headache for Meret and his companions. Also because the disqualifications of Koulibaly and Maksimovic, will force Ancelotti to field a new pair at the center of the defense with Chiriches and Luperto.
We expect to see a match in which Napoli may have difficulties defensively. The Salzburg at home is a very formidable team and will try to keep the pace high. As far as we are concerned, networks should not be missing.
Prediction today: Over 3.5