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Europa League Football Prediction – Leicester City vs Napoli

Europa League Football Prediction – Leicester City vs Napoli

Leicester City will kick off their Europa League campaign against Italian giants Napoli on Thursday. Napoli are one of the favourites to lift the trophy next spring. So, our expert has estimated an educated Europa League football prediction – Leicester City vs Napoli.

Leicester are coming off a 0-1 defeat to English champions Manchester City, close to what our football prediction called (1-2).

The Foxes’ Neapolitan opponents beat old rivals Juventus 2-1 with a late goal to keep their perfect Serie A record. Before that, they also won 1-2 over Genoa, after winning their opening Serie A football match 2-0 against Venezia. This means they’re on a winning streak this season.

Team News

Leicester City

  • Ayoze Perez is serving a three-game domestic ban but will be available for selection on Thursday.
  • Jonny Evans is set to make his first start of the season after recovering from injury.
  • However, Leicester are still without Wesley Fofana, James Justin, and Nampalys Mendy.
  • Patson Daka has only played 26 minutes in the Premier League yet, but he will almost certainly start on Thursday.

Leicester City possible starting lineup: Schmeichel; Castagne, Vestergaard, Soyuncu, Bertrand; Albrighton, Tielemans, Ndidi, Barnes; Daka, Vardy

Napoli

  • Napoli could be missing as many as seven players when they travel to Leicester on Thursday.
  • Lorenzo Insigne and Mario Rui have added to Napoli’s injury list, and both may be missing this midweek.
  • Hirving Lozano could get some much-needed minutes in Insigne’s absence. However, someone will have to play out of position to cover Rui at left-back.
  • Piotr Zielinski, at least, returned from injury in the weekend’s 2-1 win over Juventus.
  • If the away team requires fresh legs, Juan Jesus and Kevin Malcuit are the best, or likeliest, options in defense.

Napoli possible starting lineup: Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Rui; Anguissa, Elmas, Ruiz; Politano, Osimhen, Lozano

Europa League Football Prediction – Leicester City vs Napoli

  • Leicester lost 1-0 to Manchester City at home on Saturday, meaning they have now lost two of their first four matches this season.
  • To the contrary, Napoli will be buoyant after their weekend comeback victory over Serie A rivals Juventus.
  • Napoli have won their first three league games this season and will be hoping to secure a win on Thursday.

On Thursday night, an open game may play out because both teams prefer to go forward. Furthermore, both teams are also equally capable of slicing open even the tightest defenses.

Though Leicester have struggled in the final third recently, the bright lights of a European night can help them. Perhaps a change in attacking personnel may further motivate them to secure a point against their toughest Group C opponents.

Our Prediction: Leicester City 2-2 Napoli

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