Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Napoli to score over 2.5 goals against AZ Alkmaar 11/10 for Thursday’s Europa League showdown

Competition: Europa League

Market: Napoli to score over 2.5 goals

Odds: 11/10 @ 888sport

Hoping to open their Europa League campaign with a statement at the Stadio San Paolo, Napoli will host Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar on Thursday night.

Starting with the hosts, while Napoli might have entered the international break with a 3-0 drumming at the hands of defending champions Juventus, the Blues couldn’t have bounced back in more empathic fashion. Putting in a rampant display that impressed many across Italy over the weekend, Gennaro Gattuso’s men stormed to a 4-1 win against Champions League outfit Atalanta on home soil and they have their own top-four finish at the top of their agenda. Enjoying what has been overall a free-scoring run, it is well worth keeping an eye out for a red-hot Hirving Lozano at the Stadio San Paolo. Once again bagging a brace in their thumping victory over La Dea on Saturday, the former PSV winger has now recorded four strikes in back-to-back Serie A appearances for Napoli.

As for the visitors, left heartbroken after watching last year’s Eredivisie campaign brought to an early halt, AZ Alkmaar firmly found themselves scrapping it out in the title picture. While many in Arne Slot’s camp were hoping on their side to match a similar level they set earlier in the year, it has been a worrying start to the 2020/2021 campaign for the Dutch outfit. With a growing reputation for being a stalemate specialist, the Cheeseheads were last seen shipping a pair of last-gasp strikes against VVV as they settled for a lackluster point on home soil. Now playing out a draw in their opening four domestic matchups so far this season, AZ have continued to struggle with some glaring issues at the back. Once again shipping over 1.5 goals over the weekend, Thursday’s guests have conceded a worrying 10 goals in their opening four appearances, including a stunning 4-4 draw against Sparta Rotterdam earlier in the month.

Bet: Napoli to score over 2.5 goals against AZ Alkmaar 11/10 for Thursday’s Europa League showdown @ 888sport


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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