Slovan Bratislava vs Napoli, a group I match, will be played on Thursday at 18:00 UK time, at the Stadion Pasienky in Bratislava. Slovan is 4th on the table after a first round without any points won. Napoli is second with three points.
The Slovakian team lost 5:0 against BSC Young Boys in the first round, and tied their worst defeat in this competition, a 5:0 defeat against Ajax in the 2009/10 season. They are undefeated in five European home matches, and they have won three of their four previous home games against Italian teams. Right now, the team is in a bad form, as they haven’t won any of their last four matches. The last two losses were especially heavy, as they have conceded 8 goals in those matches.
Robert Vitlek is reported injured for this match.
Napoli started the UEFA Europa League with a victory against Sparta Prague, followed by two goals by Dried Mertens. The club can’t seem to get the right momentum this season, as they haven’t been in a consistent form since the beginning of the season. Currently they are placed eighth in Serie A. Manager Rafa Benitez is struggling to get the team on a winning streak.
Napoli had a pretty bad transfer window, with not a lot of people Benitez had sought out joining the club, and their struggles could be rooted in this disappointing time period.
Faouzi Ghoulam is reported injured for this match.
Slovan Bratislava vs Napoli Match Prediction
The main focus in this match is on Marek Hamsik, who returns to the club he started his career in. Napoli is a favorite to win this match. Slovan failed to win their last ten UEFA Europa League matches. The Italian team has a stronger and deeper roster, and that should get them the victory in this match.
Match Betting Tip: Napoli to win @1.57 at Bet365
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