Some are pleased that they are in the semifinals of the Europa League, the others are a little disappointed that they were not allowed to overwinter in the premier class. For the first time, FC Zurich are in the round of the last 32 in this competition. The SSC Napoli, however, is the record holder in terms of participation in the semifinals in the Europa League. The Italians are there for the seventh time. And they would have gladly waived this record this year.
Napoli was the best third in the group stage of the Champions League and was eliminated only on the last matchday.
Europa League FC Zurich vs. Napoli
But the disappointment should now be overcome, because the Italians have the right stuff to even win the Europa League. Therefore, in the pairing between FC Zurich and Napoli, the prediction is also that the team of Carlo Ancelotti will progress one round. But we have to see how it looks in the first leg, because the SSC has not really performed successfully in Switzerland yet. If Napoli has relegated from the Champions League, but the Italians also often had problems to find their way in the second European league. Or maybe it’s actually a story of motivation. So far Napoli has progressed only twice in six participations in the sixteenth finals. This balance should now be improved. Even before the first leg between FC Zurich and Napoli, the odds made it clear that the bookmakers assume a victory for the Italians. We can also imagine this scenario, which would basically be equivalent to a preliminary decision in this duel. The first leg of the Europa League semi-final between FC Zurich and SSC Napoli in Letzigrund will take place on 14.02.2019 at 21:00.
FC Zurich – Statistics & Current Form
The Swiss Super League just returned from the winter break a week ago and started off with an English week – coach Ludovic Magnin made it clear in the first match against St. Gallen that he had awakened from hibernation, and he became one sent to the tribune. Other teams have an aggressive leader on the pitch, the FCZ has one on the bench. In the table FC Zurich is currently in fourth place and is thus in the midst of the fight for a renewed participation in the international business. However, the current form gives little reason to be optimistic, as Zurich have only won two of their last ten competitive matches. In the Europa League there has been no victory for three games and still it was enough for qualifying for the playoffs. But now it’s time to bring back victories, otherwise it will be difficult in the Super League to achieve the intended goals, and in the Europa League threatens otherwise the end.
Last weekend, however, there was an eminently important threesome in the league. The Zurich city derby against the Grasshoppers was on the program. It was a balanced game in which Levan Kharabadze put the FCZ early in the lead. The break was 1-1 and the Grasshoppers had more of the game.
“We are looking forward to the game. I cheered after the draw. I know that there are a lot of Napoli fans in Switzerland. ” – Ancillo Canepa
In the final phase Ludovic Magnin, who had to serve a suspension, was allowed to cheer. A goal from Andreas Maxsö and an own goal won the FCZ 3-1. The mood in the Derby is likely to be the right overture for the game against Napoli. President Ancillo Canepa is looking forward to seeing his opponent and sees this match as more of a football event than a sporting opportunity to move into the last sixteen. Ludovic Magnin has to give up in the first leg against the injured Becir Omeragic, Ilan Sauter, Pa Madou, Kevin Rüegg, Joel Untersee and Izer Aliu. Therefore, we expect a similar formation as last in the Derby.
Expected formation of FC Zurich:
Crushers – Maxsö, Bangura, Nef – Kryeziu, Domgjoni – Kharabadze, Winter, Marchesano – Odey, Kololli – Coach: Magnin
Last matches from FC Zurich:
- 09.02.2019 – FC Zurich vs. Grasshoppers 3: 1 (Super League)
- 06.02.2019 – St. Gallen Vs. FC Zurich 3: 1 (Super League)
- 27.01.2019 – FC Zurich vs. Flora Tallinn 4: 1 (Friendlies)
- 19.01.2019 – FC Zurich vs. Sebail 1: 1 (friendlies)
- 18.01.2019 – CFR Cluj vs. FC Zurich 2: 1 (Friendlies)
Napoli – Statistics & Current Form
SSC Napoli has been the second force in Italy behind Juventus for several years now. That’s exactly what it looks like again this year. The runner-up and qualifying for the Champions League should be just a matter of form. After all, Napoli has a cushion of nine points in third place. Up to leader Juve but also missing already eleven counters. So everything is the same in the series A. Because the Coppa Italia for the team of Carlo Ancelotti also has already ended, Napoli could put more emphasis on the Europa League. After all, this is the only competition this year in which a title is still possible. The southern Italians have not presented themselves in the best shape in recent weeks. In the last four matches, it has only once been enough to win. Actually, a performance by SSC Napoli is always a spectacle when the three fast-paced attackers Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne go steeply. But that does not happen so often. Therefore, we can imagine neglecting the odds on over goals in the duel between FC Zurich and Napoli.
Last weekend SSC Napoli did not manage to score. The team of Carlo Ancelotti had to compete in Florence and did not get beyond a 0-0 in a balanced game. Maybe that would also be a result, with which Napoli would not be dissatisfied on Thursday in the Europa League.
“Zurich are playing very well and have a good coach, Ludovic Magnin. But I think Napoli will do the best to win. ” – Carlo Ancelotti
However, Carlo Ancelotti makes it clear that he will play with his team already on victory, even if the respect for FC Zurich, of course, is present. However, there will be some staff building sites for the Italians. Mario Rui (thigh) and Simone Verdi (knee problems) have not started the trip to Switzerland as the long-term injured Amin Younes and Raul Albiol. Marek Hamsik is also facing a move to China and will also be out of the game.
Expected deployment of Napoli:
Meret – Ghoulam, Koulibaly, Maksimovic, Hysaj – Allan, Ruiz, Zielinski, Callejon – Mertens, Insigne – Coach: Ancelotti
Last matches of Napoli:
- 09.02.2019 – Fiorentina Vs. Napoli 0: 0 (Serie A)
- 02.02.2019 – Napoli vs. Sampdoria 3: 0 (Serie A)
- 29.01.2019 – AC Milan vs. Napoli 2: 0 (Coppa Italia)
- 26.01.2019 – AC Milan vs. Napoli 0: 0 (Serie A)
- 20.01.2019 – Napoli vs. Lazio Roma 2: 1 (Serie A)
FC Zurich vs. Napoli Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
For the first time ever, FC Zurich and SSC Napoli will meet on Thursday. However, the Italians have crossed the blades six times with Swiss teams. It is striking that Napoli have never won or even scored in Switzerland. All in all, it’s enough for a draw. At least this black series could tear on Thursday, and in the duel between FC Zurich and Napoli a tip on an away win would probably even be the first choice.
FC Zurich vs. Napoli Football Betting Tips
FC Zurich could be in better form in the semi-finals of the Europa League before the first match. Two wins from the last ten competitive games are not exactly a source of encouragement that it will be better on Thursday just against the seemingly overpowering Napoli. In addition, Zurich has not won in the Europa League for three games. Napoli is not much better. In the last four matches, the team of Carlo Ancelotti has won only once. In addition, the Italians have never won in Switzerland and have never scored a goal in the Swiss. At first, it does not sound like a match between FC Zurich and Napoli would make sense for many goals.
Key facts – FC Zurich vs Napoli tips
In the last ten competitive games, there were only two wins for FC Zurich.
In the Europa League, the FC has been waiting for three games for a sense of achievement.
Napoli has only won one in their last four games.
But we think that Napoli has a lot more quality in the team. If the dangerous offensive trio is in a good mood, there is a lot to be said for an away win. Before the kick-off between FC Zurich and Napoli, odds of a maximum of 1.45 will be offered on a score victory. In it we just now recognize the value. Therefore, we would bet that Napoli will lay the foundation stone for the quarter-finals with a win in Zurich.
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