Only seven days after the first leg of the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League, home affairs have already been exchanged. Among the 16 remaining teams are some renowned teams this season. No fewer than seven championship holders of the Europa League and the predecessor competition the UEFA Cup are still represented. Already with more than one and a half legs in the quarterfinals is the title holder of 1989, the SSC Napoli. The second leg between Red Bull Salzburg and Napoli should only be a compulsory task for the Italian team!
Soccer Prediction of the day Red Bull Salzburg vs Napoli
The Ancelotti team was already able to set the course for the next round at home in San Paolo Stadium last Thursday. The Salzburg Bulls already need a medium-sized football miracle to be able to actually bow the Italian top club out of the competition. But even if they could not make it on, at least a home win in front of a sold-out home would be very important for the UEFA five-year standings. Should the tip for home victory be right between Red Bull Salzburg and Napoli, odds of up to 2.45 lure you! The start of the game in Wals-Siezenheim is already at 18:55 on Thursday.
After the dramatic semi-final in the Europa League season 2017/18 Salzburg could once again prove the international class in the group stage and literally walked through the group stage with six wins. The Bulls were the first team to make the perfect preliminary round for the third time. The spring of 2019 brings the bull but probably no more European fairy tale more. The Rose-Elf is significantly weaker in spring than last fall. The only bright spot this calendar year was the clear 4: 0 victory against the Belgian top club Club Bruges in the second round.
Once again, the bulls could emphasize the home strength. Salzburg has not lost on home soil for 17 home games (13-4-0-Bilanz) and has received more than one goal only in a home game, equal to ten times the Bulls could even play to zero. These numbers are quite encouraging and make the game between Red Bull Salzburg and Napoli a tip to the home success as extremely interesting. This would be important, as already mentioned, because of the UEFA five-year rating. With a home win, Austria would go past Holland again, but Ajax Amsterdam should not score in the CL quarter-finals. This place would be important eleven for Austria, as this would guarantee a fixed place in the premier class. Should Alexander Walke concede a goal in his 50th Europa League match, the quarter-finals may be over, but there will be no lack of motivation to say goodbye to Europe with a strong performance.
“The starting situation before the match is clear and difficult for us. For us it is important to do well things that did not work out in the first leg. Only then we want to see what else is possible or what is possible. ” – Marco Rose
Personnel Marco Rose will have to give up the “horse lung” Xaver Schlager due to a yellow card suspension. Old-timer Zlatko Junuzovic is injured and will not be available either. After the Haidara leaving in winter, the center is much weaker than in autumn. In three of the last four competitive matches Salzburg remained without a goal. At the weekend in a goalless draw against SK Sturm Graz (the 100th competitive game of Marco Rose as a bull-trainer) Munas Dabbur failed with an arrogantly shot penalty and thus gave away the victory. On Thursday Salzburg must be cold-eyed and use the few chances, so that at least the victory is in the range of the possible.
Expected formation of Red Bull Salzburg:
➤ Walke – Ulmer, Ramalho, Onguene, Lainer – Szoboszlai, Samassekou, Mwepu – Wolf – Dabbur, Gulbrandsen
Last matches of Red Bull Salzburg:
⚽ 10.03.2019 – Red Bull Salzburg Vs. Sturm Graz 0: 0 (Bundesliga)
⚽ 07.03.2019 – Napoli vs. Napoli Red Bull Salzburg 3: 0 (Europa League)
⚽ 02.03.2019 – Red Bull Salzburg Vs. Wolfsberg 3: 0 (Bundesliga)
⚽ 24.02.2019 – Rapid Wien vs. Red Bull Salzburg 2: 0 (Bundesliga)
⚽ 21.02.2019 – Red Bull Salzburg vs. Bruges 4-0 (Europa League)
Only for the third time in club history is SSC Napoli in the UEFA Europa League. The winner of the UEFA Cup in the 1988/89 season has never reached the quarter-finals. A year ago, the Italians had narrowly beaten on the away goals rule RB Leipzig. Following the bitter exit in the UEFA Champions League (tied with Liverpool) and the hopeless situation in Serie A (18 points behind Juventus), club president Aurelio de Laurentiis has set a clear goal for the Ancelotti team this season exclusively the title win in the UEFA Europa League. Accordingly concentrated the Italians acted also last Thursday. Ancelotti trusted almost all his stars and renounced a large-scale rotation. This is only partially possible with a 23-man squad.
In the second leg in Wals-Siezenheim, the Italians have to fight with personnel problems. The two central defenders Koulibaly and Maksimovic picked up a yellow card and are thus suspended in Salzburg. Veteran Albiol is also injured and Ancelotti has to do without the three strongest defenders. In all likelihood, the Romanian Chiriches and the young Luperto (only 328 minutes of use this season) will form the central defense. Defensively, the Italians are therefore by no means in full line and this should definitely give one or the other chance for Salzburg. Many goals would not be surprising in the face of this, and accordingly, a prediction on the over 2.5 between Red Bull Salzburg and Napoli can be very promising. In the game ahead, Napoli have some outstanding players with Insigne, Callejon or Milik, who will face some serious problems with their not always solid bull defense.
Despite the extremely comfortable starting position, star coach Carlo Ancelotti is well advised that his team does not take this game lightly. The first leg was one of the few gala performances in recent weeks. In the domestic championship Napoli has won only two of the last seven league games. Last weekend, Insigne secured a lucky point with his late goal against Sassuolo.
Expected deployment of Napoli:
➤ Meret – Rui, Koulibaly, Maksimovic, Hysaj – Zielinsky, Diawara, Ruiz, Ounas – Milik, Mertens
Last matches of Napoli:
⚽ 10.03.2019 – Sassuolo Calcio Vs. Napoli 1: 1 (Serie A)
⚽ 07.03.2019 – Napoli vs. Red Bull Salzburg 3: 0 (Europa League)
⚽ 03.03.2019 – Napoli vs. Juventus 1: 2 (Serie A)
⚽ 24.02.2019 – Parma vs. Napoli 0: 4 (Serie A)
⚽ 21.02.2019 – Napoli vs. FC Zurich 2: 0 (Europa League)
Red Bull Salzburg vs Napoli Direct Comparison
The first leg at San Paolo Stadium last Thursday at the foot of Mount Vesuvius was the first meeting of the two teams. In the first few minutes, the Bulls Elf was quite access to the game, but after only ten minutes had Alexander Walke first get the ball out of the case. Only eight-pointers later, the Ancelotti team increased to 2: 0. Especially in the central defense had the bulls immense problems, symptomatic was the own goal to 3-0 by center-back Jerome Onguene. In the game forward, the Bulls quite chances, but only the substitute Fredrik Gulbrandsen left two top chances negligent. The 3: 0 is probably more than just a preliminary decision in this knockout duel.
Red Bull Salzburg vs Napoli Our Soccer Prediction
Only a small spark of hope blazes that the next fairy tale will be written in Wals-Siezenheim. Last year Real Sociedad de San Sebastian, Borussia Dortmund and Lazio were defeated. SSC Napoli is unlikely to continue this list. After the first leg, the chances of the Austrian champion getting ahead are only theoretical.
Key Facts – Red Bull Salzburg vs Napoli tips
➤ Salzburg is a long way from the dominance of autumn 2019! In three of the last four competitive games, no hit!
➤ Already in the first leg Napoli was able to underpin the role of favorites – after the 3-0 the KO duel is probably decided!
➤ Full concentration in the Europa League – the Ancelotti-Elf has given the title win as a big goal!
The game is of great importance for Salzburg – and Austrian football – and Salzburg will be looking for a way forward from the start. Salzburg is in Wals Siezenheim an absolute power, the last six home games could all be won. In view of the unbelievable individual quality of the Italians a tip on the home win is risky despite these statistics. Far more interesting between Red Bull Salzburg and Napoli is the tip on the over 2.5 to odds of 1.68, which are played with a use of seven units. Salzburg needs goals and will always look for the way forward to bring the newly formed Napoli defense in the bredouille. Napoli has an assaulting offensive and will also face problems with the flagging Salzburg defensive.
Prediction Today: Over 2.5 goals