Football Ticket: AZ Alkmaar vs. Napoli UEFA Europa League preview, squads, lineups, predictions, live streaming info and TV channels
The Group F derby match in the Europa League will take place this Thursday in the Netherlands, where AZ Alkmaar will welcome Napoli. Hosts are almost in a situation where they need three points to stay in an active playoff race, while the Italian side would certainly be happy even with a draw here as they were able to collect nine points.
The boys of Gennaro Gattuso demolished AS Roma in major style over the past weekend, so it’s no surprise to see 1.80 odds given here for the away victory. AZ Alkmaar, although they were title challengers, was not close to form and performances from the previous campaign.
AZ completed a 2-1 victory at Heracles on Sunday, with Boadu – recently back from illness – at the center of the whole success. As a result of their tendency to take one point from games rather than all three, the win left them seventh in the standings but still 10 points adrift of leaders Ajax.
In other conditions, against such a Serie A heavyweight, a point on Thursday night will be a more than satisfactory result, but coach Slot would realize that to remain in competition, another famous win might be expected.
AZ Alkmaar vs. Napoli: Head-to-head
The main reason why AZ are still in decent position to chase the playoffs is surprising 1-0 win against Napoli in Italy, achieved in the first round. The only goal was scored by Dani de Wit in the second half.
Besides that game, AZ played against Italian club five times so far, achieved three victories and suffered two defeats.
As for their opponents, Napoli locked horns against Dutch squads 7 times which resulted in just one victory, two draws and four defeats.
Match: AZ Alkmaar vs. Napoli
Date: Thursday, 3 December 2020
Stadium: AFAS Stadion, Alkmaar
Competition: UEFA Europa League 2020-21
Time: 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET / 01:00 PST
Napoli have won every single encounter in this group except the one against AZ. They are leaders with nine points, but a potential loss here could be super-harmful, especially if Real Sociedad beats Rijeka.
Gattuso’s priority is Serie A, but they can’t allow the embarrassment of dropping out from UEL group stages. Team has four victories in the last five appearances across competitions. The only loss came at home to AC Milan. We will back Napoli to extend the winning streak, but also to concede at least one goal to AZ.
Team from Alkmaar started Eredivisie campaign with five straight draws, which is an awful result overall. They recovered in the last few weeks though with four victories in a row. This team is very consistent when it comes to scoring, so Over 2.5 goals is also a solid option.
Today’s Possible XI
AZ Alkmaar: Verhulst; Wijndal, Martins Indi, Chatzidiakos, Svensson; Stengs, Koopmeiners, Midtsjo; Gudmundsson, De Wit, Boadu
Napoli: Ospina; Ghoulam, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Di Lorenzo; Demme, Bakayoko; Elmas, Zielinski, Politano; Petagna
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