napoli serie a predictions

Napoli will aim to grab their first win of the 2021-22 Europa League campaign when they host Russian outfit Spartak Moscow on Thursday evening.

With a perfect record in the Italian top flight, the Azzurri will seek to add to their single point gained on the opening night. Napoli appeared to be heading for a loss in Leicester City on the opening match of the UEFA Europa League after going 2-0 down in the 64th minute, but two late strikes from Victor Osimhen not only salvaged a draw but kept their unbeaten run intact. Napoli is currently on a winning streak in the Serie A table. They have won six of their opening league fixtures scoring 16 goals and conceding just two goals. Head Coach Luca Spalletti will go without Faouzi Ghoulam, Dries Mertens, and Stanislav Lobotka. Midfielder Diego Demme is fit and could feature from the bench here.

Spartaks Moscow will look to make up for past errors having made a disappointing start to the 2021-22 UEFA Europa League campaign. Despite 55% possession and 23 shots, they failed to score a resilient Legia side. They lost the game to an injury-time goal. Spartak Moscow are floundering in Russia so far this term and sits eighth in their domestic league after picking up 13 points from a possible 27. Rui Vitoria’s side has lost six of their last ten matches on all fronts including a 1-0 home defeat against Legia Warsaw on Matchday 1 and they should find themselves outclassed in Naples this Thursday. Spartak will again be without defender Paval Maslov and forward Georgi Melkadze, as they are ruled out with respective injuries. Jorrit Hendrix and Roman Zobnin are major doubts for the clash against Napoli.

Napoli has won six of their seven games in all competitions this season, with four of those victories secured via at least a two-goal margin. They have been solid defensively with four clean sheets and just four goals conceded. Spartak Moscow have lost six of their last ten competitive games and has kept just two clean sheets in that run. Following Spartak’s defensive woes and Napoli’s free-scoring attack, we are backing a Napoli win and Over 2.5.

PREDICTION: NAPOLI WIN 2-0/2-1/3-0/3-1