Salzburg v Napoli Preview

Salzburg v Napoli Preview
Salzburg and Napoli Europa League clash tipped to produce over 2.5 goals (Getty Images)

Salzburg vs Napoli Tips

An open contest is expected when Salzburg welcome Napoli to the Red Bull Arena for the second leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie. Both teams enjoy an open and exciting style of play and are tipped to produce over 2.5 goals at odds of 1.66. 

FC Red Bull Salzburg Form & Team News


Salzburg are among the leading scorers in the Europa League this season having found the net 22 times. They have been inconsistent in recent matches and head into Thursday's clash with two defeats in their last three outings.

The Austrian champions were disappointing in the first leg in Naples as they suffered a 3-0 defeat. A victory in Thursday's second leg is set at odds of 2.37 while a draw is priced at 3.40.

Moanes Dabour has been the standout player for Salzburg in this year's Europa League with six goals in the group phase. The striker has also scored four goals in his last six matches across all competitions and should start in attack alongside Patson Daka.

Moanes Dabour
Moanes Dabour has scored six goals in the Europa League for Salzburg (Getty Images)

SS Napoli Form & Team News


Napoli continue to slip further behind Juventus in Serie A and appear to be putting all their efforts into the Europa League. They were held to a 1-1 draw away at Sassuolo in their last Serie A outing with Lorenzo Insigne getting their goal.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team earned a 3-0 victory in the first leg against Salzburg with Arkadiusz Milik, Fabian Ruiz and a Jerome Ongouene own goal giving them the win. They are at odds of 2.88 to secure a victory on Thursday. 

Napoli are also known for their attacking prowess, particularly with Milik, who has scored three goals in his last five matches. The Polish striker was a second half substitute at the weekend and should return to the starting lineup alongside Insigne, who was on target against Sassuolo.

Arkadiusz Milik
Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik has scored three goals in his last five matches (Getty Images)

Salzburg vs Napoli Head-to-Head


The only previous meeting between Salzburg and Napoli was last week's first leg at the Stadio San Paolo. The Italians claimed a 3-0 victory with Milik and Ruiz getting on the score sheet.

Salzburg vs Napoli Match Up


Dabour will be tasked with carrying the attacking threat for Salzburg having scored four goals in his last six matches. With the likes of Daka and Hannes Wolf providing support, the Austrians will be confident of troubling the Napoli defence. 

Napoli also have plenty of quality in attack and can cause problems for the hosts. Milik and Insigne have impressed in recent matches with the Polish striker scoring three goals in his last five matches across all competitions.

Salzburg vs Napoli Key Statistics 


  • Salzburg have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 7 matches (all competitions).
  • Salzburg have lost 2 of their last 3 matches (Europa League).
  • Napoli have seen over 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
  • Napoli have won their last 4 matches (UEFA Europa League).

Verdict


Salzburg and Napoli have good attacking options and have seen over 2.5 goals in a good number of their recent matches. Thursday's match is tipped to go the same way at odds of 1.66.

Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.66 at Sportingbet.co.za – 5 Units

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