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RB Leipzig

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Red Bull Arena Leipzig

22/02/2018 | 6:00 pm

SSC Napoli

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Red Bull Arena Leipzig

22/02/2018 | 6:00 pm

In a sentence: Napoli travel to Germany looking to turn over a 3-1 home defeat in the first leg.

Last time: RB. Leipzig won 3-1 in the San Paolo coming from behind thanks to Bruma and two goals by Timo Werner.

This time: RB Leipzig are 10/11 to win this one, while Napoli are 3/1 and the draw is 13/5.

You might remember: The first leg in the San Paolo where a heavily rotated Napoli side took the lead through Adam Ounas’s first goal for the Azzurri only to be dragged back by three unanswered goals by the Bundesliga outfit.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Dries Mertens will be crucial if Napoli are to recover from 3-1 down

Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is more focused on winning the Scudetto for the first time in twenty-eight years than going any further in the Europa League but still wasn’t happy publicly with the way his side threw away a 1-0 lead only to end up losing 3-1. His players will want to save some face and get some sort of respectable result in Germany.

RB Leipzig will be looking to get the job done and get their name into the hat for the last 16 draw.

The German side are 10/11 to win and have an excellent home record this season, losing just once in the league to Hertha Berlin and once in the Champions League to Besiktas. A 1-0 win for Leipzig is 15/2 and a 2-1 win has the same odds of 15/2.

Napoli are 3/1 to win and have just broken their win record of nine consecutive wins in Serie A. Where they have struggled this season has been in the cup competitions, being more focused on the league than anything else. A 1-0 win for Napoli is 13/1.

The draw is 13/5, a 0-0 has odds of 13/1 while a 1-1 draw can be got at 7/1.

Timo Werner scored twice in Naples for Leipzig and is 4/1 here to open the scoring in this game. Dries Mertens is 7/1 to score the first goal of the game.

Piotr Zielinski is 4/1 to score at any time during the game while Emile Forsberg is 9/4.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Napoli to try put some gloss on the scoreline from the first leg while still going out of the competition and RB Leipzig to make sure they qualify without having to go flat out to ensure they do. Both teams to score is 8/11 while a goal in both halves is 4/6.

2

We fancy:

A draw, RB Leipzig did the hard work in the first leg and will happy to keep it tight and qualify without giving too much away while Napoli will be happy to go out without being embarrassed. A 2-2 draw has odds of 14/1 while a halftime score of 1-1 is worth 7/1.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

The half-time/full-time result of RB Leipzig/Napoli has odds of 45/1. There is a chance of Leipzig scoring in the first half to kill off the tie before Napoli scores a pair of late consolation goals. A 2-1 win for Napoli is 12/1.

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Written by Ciro Di Brita

Ciro Di Brita is a football fan and fanatic of all things Naples – not least Napoli. A published author and novelist based in Ireland, Ciro will happily turn his hand to writing on any topic but will always try to work in a reference to Napoli wherever possible.