Napoli vs Arsenal
Europa League, Europe
Date: Thursday, 18th April 2019
Kick off at: 19.00 GMT
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Facing 2-0 defeat in their first meeting, Napoli are eager to change their fortune against Arsenal. Playing the second leg at San Paolo on Thursday, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be giving their all to take down The Gunners.
Napoli vs Arsenal Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for this Europa League second leg clash. Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting that victory.
Expected Formation: 4-4-2
Probable Lineups: Meret(g);Malcuit, Koulibaly, Maksimovic, Rui(def);Callejon, Allan, Ruiz, Zielinski(mid);Insigne, Milik(att).
Expected Formation: 3-4-2-1
Probable Lineups: Cech(g);Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal(def);Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Kolasinac(mid); Ramsey, Ozil(att mid); Lacazette(att).
Before heading into this Thursday Europa League fixture, both teams have been involved in other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have an idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): LLWLL
I Partenopei haven’t been getting good results recently, winning two, drawing one and losing two out of their last five games. They also suffered a disappointing 2-0 first leg loss against Arsenal last midweek.
Fortunately, Ancelotti’s men were able to bounce back in recent weekend. Napoli successfully snatched all three points on their travel to face relegation side, Chievo, winning that match 3-1.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :WWLWW
Gunners have been getting much better results compared to their Italian opposition. Emery’s boys were able to grab four wins and only suffering on defeat from their recent five fixtures.
Gunners also able to follow up their win over Napoli with another victory in Premier League. Arsenal were able to take down Watford 1-0 on Monday, despite playing away to Vicarage Road.
I Partenopei are still unable to have fully fit squad ahead of their Thursday fixture. Ancelotti will remain without Raul Albiol and Amadou Diawara for this second leg encounter.
Arkardiusz Milik could be getting the nod to start this midweek, partnering Lorenzo Insigne. Partenopei might also introduce Kevin Malcuit into the starting line up at right back.
Gunners will still be without their long term absentee of Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck and Hector Bellerin. There’s a slight concern regarding Lucas Torreira’s condition, but he can still participate on Thursday.
Mesut Ozil is set to continue getting starting role, playing just behind the front man alongside Aaron Ramsey. Alexandre Lacazette is set to be picked as starter with Pierre Aubameyang coming off the bench.
Head to Head Records:
Previous three meetings between both teams are being edged by Gunners with two wins and one defeat.
However, their latest match up at San Paolo back on December 12, 2013 ended with a 2-0 victory for Napoli.
Napoli will be eager to show their worth in front of their loyal home supporter at San Paolo. Chasing two goals down won’t be easy, but on their day, I Partenopei can take down anyone.
However, Gunners won’t go down easily as Emery’s team are very eager to achieve success in Europe. This second leg battle looks to be very tight, though Napoli can be considered as favorite for this one.
Final Score: 2-0