Napoli will be looking to get close qualifying for the next stage of the Europa League when they meet Russian giants Spartak Moscow.
The Italians would definitely be eager to set the record straight after seeing their unbeaten Serie A streak come to an end in their recent league encounter with Inter Milan.
The Russians on the other hand, have a mountain to climb and only recently posted their first points in the group phase following a 3-1 win over Napoli. Rui Vitoria’s side had a great encounter with Leicester City where they were initially leading 2-0 but eventually lost the game 4-3.
Nonetheless, Quincy Promes and co will be eager to make things difficult for Napoli who haven’t had the greatest European campaign.
Spartak Moscow vs Napoli team news
Spartak Moscow go into this encounter with several of their players injured. The likes of Ezequiel Ponce, Roman Zobnin, George Melkadze and Jorrit Hendrix will be watching the game from the stands. A lot of onus would be on Quincy Promes to add creativity and goals while Victor Moses will be looking to be a more enterprising presence as a full back.
For Napoli, the biggest loss would be of star striker Victor Osimhen who had multiple facial fractures during the 3-2 defeat at the hands of Inter Milan. The Nigerian is expected to be out for three months. Diego Demme and Alessandro Zanolu are also set to miss out.
Spartak Moscow possible starting lineup:
Selikhov; Caufriez, Gigot, Dzhikiya; Moses, Ignatov, Litvinov, Ayrton; Larsson, Sobolev, Promes
Napoli possible starting lineup:
Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Rui; Lobotka, Ruiz; Lozano, Zielinski, Insigne; Mertens
Spartak Moscow vs Napoli betting odds
Here are the latest betting odds for Spartak Moscow vs Napoli from Betfred:
Spartak Moscow: 18/5
Over 2.5: 4/5
Spartak Moscow vs Napoli match prediction
Although both teams have injury worries, it appears that Napoli will struggle without Osimhen leading the line. This means that the Russians might have a better chance of winning the home game and thus giving themselves a chance for qualifying for the next round.
Predicted final score: Moscow 2-1 Napoli
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