Spartak Moscow hosts Napoli in round 5 of the Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Wednesday, November 24th at Otkrytiye Arena (Moscow)
Spartak Moscow is ranked 4th in Group C with four points. The Red-Whites chalked up one victory, one draw, and two defeats in four rounds. They have not won official matches since the beginning of October. In seven matches in the RPL and the Europa League, Spartak Moscow gained four draws and suffered three defeats. The protracted winless streak gave rise to rumors about the imminent dismissal of Rui Vitoria from the post of head coach, but so far, the Portuguese continues to work with the team. On November 20, the Muscovites lost to Krasnodar away (2-1). Aleksandr Sobolev's goal from the penalty spot did not help Spartak to keep at least a draw. The Red-Whites conceded in the 7th straight match in all tournaments.
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Luciano Spalletti's team leads the standings with seven points after four matches. The Neapolitans gained two victories and one draw and suffered one defeat. Two rounds before the finish, they are ahead of the rest of the competitors in the group. But the position of the Parthenopeans is shaky: Legia, Leicester City, and Spartak Moscow are at a distance of three points. The mood of the Neapolitans was spoiled after an away defeat to Inter last Sunday. The match in Milan ended with a score of 3-2. That loss turned out to be the 1st for the leaders of the Italian championship in the current tournament.
The Neapolitans are capable of inflicting vengeance on Spartak for their home defeat in September, although the Italians are also likely to lose points in Moscow. Napoli had a tough match against Inter in Milan, and this may affect the condition of the team from Naples. In addition, Spalletti's coaching staff may save some of the leaders ahead of the Serie A match against Lazio next Sunday. Spartak and Napoli can exchange goals, as they did in their previous head-to-head match. Seven previous games of the Red-Whites ended with goals from both sides. They are not reliable in defense but partially compensate for this by their production. In the current Europa League, Muscovites did not score only in the home match against Legia (0-1), and more powerful Napoli and Leicester conceded seven goals from them.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score — yes