Arsenal vs Napoli Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News

Arsenal vs Napoli
Europa League, Europe
Date: Thursday, 11th April 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, England

Arsenal’s Europa League adventure is set for a difficult test as they battle Italian side, Napoli. Playing the first leg tie at Emirates, Gunners are keen on getting a victory .

Arsenal vs Napoli Possible Lineups

Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves  for this midweek Europa League fixture. Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting a win.

Arsenal

Expected Formation: 3-4-2-1

Probable Lineups: Leno(g);Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Monreal(def);Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac(mid);Ozil, Aubameyang(att mid); Lacazette (att).

Napoli

Expected Formation: 4-4-2

Probable Lineups: Meret(g);Malcuil, Koulibaly, Markovic, Rui(def);Callejon, Allan, Ruiz, Zielinski(mid);Milik, Mertens(att).

Recent Form

Before heading into this Thursday Europa League fixture, both teams have already been involved in several other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have an idea about their current form.

Arsenal

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): LWWWL

Gunners remain struggling to put on a consistent performances in recent matches. Unai Emery’s side picked up three wins and two defeats in their latest five.

Arsenal suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat from Everton in their latest league fixture. The home team will be looking for redemption this midweek against Napoli.

Napoli

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :LWWLD

I Partenopei themselves haven’t been experiencing the best of run either recently. Carlo Ancelotti’s side won two games, lose two and drew one in their recent five fixtures.

Napoli failed two in their last two fixtures, losing against Empoli and drawing versus Genoa this past weekend. Ancelotti will be looking for a positive result on Thursday, despite playing away to Emirates.

Team News

Arsenal 

Gunners are still without their long term absentees, Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin. Moreover, there’s also some doubts regarding Granit Xhaka, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey.

Gunners will try to set up a strong squad with Mesut Ozil supporting Lacazette and Aubameyang. It will be a tough task especially for Arsenal’s defense as Napoli are very strong offensively.

Napoli

Ancelotti still has some injury concern ahead of the midweek tie with Raul Albion and Diawara remain sidelined. There’s positive news though with Lorenzo Insigne and Simone Verdi are fit enough to play on Thursday.

Arkadiusz Milik will be leading the front line for Partenopei with Dries Mertens partnering him. Fabian Ruiz set to be the key figure in Napoli’s midfield along with Zielinski.

Head to Head Records:

The previous two meetings between both teams ended with one victories each.

In previous matchups, Gunners beat Napoli 2-0 at home while losing 2-0 away in Italy.

Match Prediction

Facing one of the strongest teams left in the tournament, Gunners must put on a strong display. Playing first at home is tricky as getting a good result is a must for Emery’s team.

Napoli themselves are very eager to do well in Europa League after their title shot in Italy practically ended. This tie could go either way as both teams are capable of beating any teams on their day.

Final Score: 1-1

 

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