Napoli vs Leipzig by Enzo
Napoli comes from a very convincing and positive performance last weekend when the team took all three points in a home match against Lazio with a 4:1 result.
Even though the visitors took the lead in third minute via de Vrij, it was soon enough all about Napoli as the hosts leveled up in 43rd minute via Callejon and then completely outplayed the opponent in the second halftime scoring three goals (an own goal, via Rui and Mertens) for completely deservedly taken all three points.
They limited Lazio to just couple of real chances, as the side took their eight consecutive victory in Serie A, leading the table with just a point more than second placed Juventus and are surely awaiting two horse title race till the end of the season.
Forward Dries Mertens can't play in this one (24/15) due suspension, same as midfielder Zinedine Machach (who got recently singed anyway). Forward Arkadiusz Milik (3/1) should also miss out being unfit, while injured remains left back Faouzi Ghoulam (11/2), as well as central Back Vlad Chiriches (6/0).
Leipzig, on the other side, managed to get a three pointer last weekend when the team welcomed Augsburg as they outplayed the opponent simply being way more concrete and threatening and fully have deserved that 2:0 victory.
They took the lead in seventeenth minute via Upamecano, while Keita doubled up the lead in 70th minute, in a game where the sides have shared the ball possession equaly, however only the home side was able to create dangerous situations quite often during the match.
Leipzig now stands at the second position with three points less than out of Europa League placed Leverkusen and surely that their competitive motive remains with the domestic league as well, as the side wants to get through to the Champions League for the next season.
Defensive midfielder Stefan Ilsanker (13/0) is suspended for the first leg, while ineligible is forward Ademola Lookman (2/1) who played for Everton in this competition earlier this season. Injured is left back Marcel Halstenberg (15/2), with doubtful remaining offensive midfielder Emil Forsberg (12/1).
- Napoli has five victories in a row.
Napoli has a real chance to win Serie A this season and surely that competition remains their primary target however I do stronly believe that they are more than motivated for this one as well. Zielinski, Insigne and Callejon are more than quality players in attack for Napoli, while I don't see Leipzig being that strong on the road nor with enough experience to face Italians away from home and stay fully competitive.
Hosts are missing couple of quality players, but neither the Germans are fully available for this one - similar can be said for their motives. Having that in mind, I'm willing to risk with a side that is surely in way better momentum and should reach the victory with the help of their fans. Odds are too good to be missed in my eyes, knowing the quality of Napoli.