Napoli Vs Arsenal (aggregate 0-2)
Europa League : Knockout stage, Quarterfinals second leg, 18 April 2019 – 21: 00, San Paolo Stadium, LiveText at FootballBetExpert
Napoli are hosting Arsenal tomorrow evening for the second leg of Europa league. Ancelotti’s squad lost first leg 2-0 at Emirates and now they have to make up a two-goal deficit against one of the best teams in premier league currently.
The return of defender Kalidou Koulibaly makes Napoli a more strong team -perfect partner for Maksimovic. They showed in last games of Serie A.
Arkadiusz Milik could return to the starting lineup after he scored a goal in Napoli’s 3-1 victory over Chievo.
Carlo Ancelotti, has Vlad Chiriches, Amadou Diawara and Raul Albiol injured, while David Ospina – on loan from Arsenal – suffered a head injury last month. He was eligible to play against his parent club.
However, Lorenzo Insigne and Faouzi Ghoulam both are in good shape and back to the Napoli squad for Thursday’s game.
Arsenal will travel to Napoli for the second leg Wednesday 18 April, looking to defend their 2-0 aggregate lead
Unai Emery team had a nice victory away at Watford with 1-0, goal scored by Emerick Aubameyang.
Granit Xhaka and Lucas Moreira will be handed a late fitness test before the visit to Napoli on Thursday, but Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny and Dinos Mavropanos are all ok and ready to play Thursday tonight.
Striker Danny Welbeck is out with an ankle injury, while knee issues continue to sideline Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding.
Also Nacho Monreal has returned to training after hurting his right calf.
On the other hand Denis Suarez has yet to start a game for Arsenal since his loan move from Barcelona but has impressed Unai Emery in recent weeks.
Striker Mesut Özil is in excellent form for Arsenal.
It announces a tough game between two giants in Europa. Napoli are going to play in front of their fanatic supporters with big ambition and will certainly play on the counterattack. Their coach Carlo Ancelotti has won the Champions League three times as a manager and has huge experience. On the other hand Arsenal is looking to secure their comfortable 2 goals advantage with the aim to progress to the semi-final stage of the Europa League for the second year running. Unai Emery won three consecutive editions of UEFA Europa League in 2014, 2015 and 2016, all with Sevilla. They are in ascendant moment and their good form will certainly continue tonight. Unai Emery’s side have been in tremendous form in the last games.
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