Dnipro vs Napoli Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Dnipro vs Napoli | Thursday 14 May, 2015 | NSK Olimpiyskiy | 20.05
Napoli travel to Ukraine on Thursday needing to score at least one goal if they are to progress to the UEFA Europa League final.
The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Paolo last week as Yevhen Seleznyov’s late goal gave the Ukrainians the advantage in the semi-final tie.
Winning the tournament might be Napoli’s only chance of making it through to next season’s Champions League, with Rafael Benitez’s side currently struggling for form in Serie A.
A 2-2 draw with relegated Parma at the weekend means that they remain three points adrift of third-placed Lazio with three games left to play.
However, the Neapolitans will take confidence from their recent away form in the European competition, having failed to be beaten in their last four matches, with two of those fixtures ending as wins.
The Spanish coach is confident that his side have what it takes to overcome Dnipro on Thursday and reach the final of the Europa League.
“We can go there and win,” he said. “I am optimistic because we have the potential to get to the final.
“I expect a defensive game from Dnipro but I don’t think they can afford to risk just closing themselves down.”
Dnipro, looking to reach their first major European Final, have shown no signs of weakness at home this season.
They have won their last four European home games without conceding a goal and will have a crowd of 70,000 fans cheering them on at the Stadium on Thursday.
“This is an historic game for us and we are all aware of it,” coach Myron Markevych said. “We have to play our game and show our quality.
“Napoli is not an easy opponent and we expect a very difficult game.
“We need to have more possession than we did in Naples.”
Dnipro’s confidence will have been dented by a 2-0 defeat at home to Zorya in the Ukrainian Premier League at the weekend, leaving them nine points behind first-placed Dynamo Kiev.
However, the loss was the team’s second in 13 matches across all competitions and they have won seven of their last nine outings in the league.
Dnipro vs Napoli Betting Tips
Napoli boast the best attack in this year’s Europa League and, although Dnipro put in a solid defensive display last week, it will be a different test for them on Thursday. While the hosts are sure to put up a tough fight, Napoli’s extra quality should see them through to the Europa League final.
We are feeling a 1-2 Napoli victory priced at 8/1 with Betway.