Competition: Europa League
Market: Napoli to defeat Swansea
Odds: 6/5 @ Ladbrokes
Premier League side Swansea City face an uphill task in the first leg of their Europa League Last 32 phase clash against Napoli, with the Serie A giants slight favourites to win at Liberty Stadium.
The Swans may have shown some improvement under new boss Gary Monk, but both the team and the manager lack European experience, which could prove to be a major drawback when facing a team led by European specialist Rafa Benitez.
Swansea will have several important players back after they were rested in weekend’s FA Cup defeat to Everton, but key attacker Michu is not yet ready to return and important midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is a major doubt.
This is likely to further damage team’s hopes of enjoying more Europa League success, especially with in-form Napoli on the other side.
Rafael Benitez’s charges proved their worth by winning four of six matches in the Champions League group of death, and they look a great bet at 6/5 to defeat injury-hit Swansea.
Following a small dip in form, the Azzurri have defeated Milan, Roma and Sassuolo in their last three fixtures and they go into the clash at Liberty Stadium brimming with confidence.
The visitors will have Gonzalo Higuain and Pepe Reina back to the side from injury while Jose Callejon and Gokhan Inler return from suspension.
With that in mind, nobody will be too concerned by the absence of Federico Fernandez and Jorginho, who are both unavailable.