Napoli take on the visitors Arsenal in the second leg of Europa League quarterfinals. The match will be played on Thursday, April 18th at Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
Napoli lost 0-2 guest match to Arsenal, can this be considered a verdict for the Italian team? I think no. Napoli is now in a completely calm state about the national championship, now we can safely say that not higher, not lower. Napoli won’t finish at any place but the second place, and the Italians can prepare for the final match for the duel with the “gunners” in their own stadium! Arsenal cannot afford this, as any mistake in the national championship may deprive the league team of a Champion's League place for the next season.
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Also the story of personal meetings here in favor of the hosts of the match! So, as the teams met in 2013, and then the teams exchanged home wins with a score of 2-0. As we see, Arsenal in this confrontation with a score of 2-0 has already won his home victory, now the exit of the Italians!
Arsenal this season at home and away is completely two different teams. On their own pitch the "Gunners" look well, just perfect! Arsenal recorded literally two defeats almost for the whole season in the home field. But something starts to happen with the team when they playing matches on the road. Arsenal turns into quite average team from in the middle of standings. This started from December when teams’ form in away matches became poor. As for the Europa League, the team lost on the road to BATE and to Rennes. Napoli are clearly much more experienced opponent than these two teams from the playoffs’ path of Arsenal. So, chances of Emery’s men are quite small in this away match.
All the above suggest Napoli's victory! I don’t know if the Italian team will be able to get into the semi-finals, but, separately this fight, the Italians will surely win!
Prediction for the match: Napoli to win.