Spartak vs Napoli: prediction for the Europa League game
Spartak started the Europa League group stage with a defeat - Rui Vitoria's team unexpectedly went down to Legia (0:1) at home. Everyone thought that after such a dreadful result a trip to Italy for the match against Napoli will end in a horrific defeat, but The Red-Whites managed to make a sensation, beating the opponent by a 3:2 score on an away match.
In the next round Spartak hosted Leicester and everything started great, Russian side scored two goals. But the Red-Whites eventually didn't get a single point out of that match, losing 3:4. But team managed to get a 1:1 draw in an away match, that result left a chance for a playoffs to Spartak - second-placed Legia has only two points more, Napoli is three points ahead.
Napoli was considered the main favourite for a victory in the group and in the first match Luciano Spalletti's team proved that they deserved that status - in an away match against Leicester (2:2) Neapolitans came back from being 0:2 down. But in the second round The Parthenopeans suffered a 2:3 defeat to Spartak at home, being outnumbered for the most of the time.
In two matches against Legia Neapolitans needed to pick up six points, because Polish champion won two first matches. Napoli experienced no problems at home, beating the Army Men by a 3:0 score, but everything was not so easy at Warsaw. Legia opened the scoresheet and kept the narrow lead until the end of a first half, but in the second half of the game Polish side put up a terrible defensive performance and conceded four goals.
Overall, Napoli is at the top spot after four rounds, but team is only three points ahead of the bottom-placed Spartak.
Three out of four most recent matches of Spartak ended with that score
In each of four most recent home matches Spartak scored in the second half
In each of three most recent away matches of Napoli this bet was successful
Spartak is still fighting for the playoffs, but surely the Red-Whites are not looking as good as Leicester and Napoli. Today is an extremely important match for Spartak - team needs points to continue the fight for a play-off spot, and a positive result can lift the weight off the head coach and the players.
It will be an extremely important clash for Spartak, but not for Napoli - Parthenopeans left way too much energy in the match against Inter on weekend and now they will have an another important match against Lazio, it is surely a top priority for the team, so Spartak will have a chance to pick up points.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (+1) for Spartak
Prediction: Handicap (+1) for Spartak
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Spartak already proved that they are able to snatch the points from the favourites despite a difference on class. A victory over Napoli and a draw against Leicester gained team's confidence. Neapolitans surely won't field their strongest squad for the match and visitors will be much less motivated than the hosts - even in this situation it will be hard to beat the Italians, but Spartak should be able to snatch a draw.
Our second bet is on a draw