Napoli vs Arsenal: Betting preview for Europa League clash

Arsenal will be looking to get the job done when they take on Napoli in the second leg of our Europa League quarter-final on Thursday night.

We have put ourselves in pole position to progress to the semi-finals after putting-in a dominate performance in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium last week.

First half goals from Aaron Ramsey and Lucas Torreira sealed a 2-0 victory but in truth it could – and should – have been much more as we bossed the game for long periods but spurned plenty of chances to add the third and fourth goals.

So unfortunately the tie is still far from over as we head to the Stadio San Paolo on Thursday night and Arsenal’s shocking away form this season will give the Italian’s plenty of optimism that they can turn things around.

We’ve already lost away to BATE Borisov and Rennes in the previous two knockout rounds in the Europa League and our form in the road domestically has been woeful so we need to put-in a huge performance in Italy later this week.

Unai Emery did guide us to a rare away victory on Monday night with a narrow 1-0 win at Watford but they played with 10-men for the majority of the match and we still struggled to get over the line.

Team news

Arsenal will assess Torreira after he picked up a groin problem against Watford but Matteo Guendouzi and Mohamed Elneny are options for Emery if the Uruguayan international misses out.

Alexandre Lacazette should be recalled after not featuring at Vicarage Road while Mesut Ozil, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sead Kolasinac, Sokratis and Petr Cech are also set to come back into the side.

Napoli will be without Raul Albiol and Amadou Diawara through injury while Arkadiusz Milik could be recalled after being named on the bench at the Emirates.

Prediction

I think Arsenal fans are in for a nervy night as Napoli will be desperate to turn the tie around on home soil in front of their passionate fans. We lost this fixture 2-0 in the Champions League group stages back in 2014 and Napoli have won five of their seven home fixtures against Premier League opposition so this will be a tough match for Arsenal. However, I fancy us to cause them problems and score an away goal that would leave Napoli needing to score four to progress. I fear Arsenal will lose 2-1 but that will be enough to send us through 3-2 on aggregate.

Betting odds

This isn’t an easy game to predict so I wouldn’t be putting too much of your hard earned money on the match. To make it ‘risk free’, you can check out the Footy Accumulators website forĀ free bets from leading bookmakers as well as plenty of betting tips and welcome offers.

Napoli are the 4/6 favourites to win on the night and 31/10 to progress to the semi-finals. Arsenal can be backed at 15/4 to win inside the 90 minutes on Thursday but are 2/9 to secure their place in the last four.

Both teams to score looks a solid bet at 8/13 while my prediction of 2-1 Napoli is available at odds of 15/2. If we add Milik as first goalscorer in a 2-1 win for the hosts then we get very tempting odds of 44/1.