Napoli v Swansea City Preview

February 26, 2014 | By

Ladbrokes - £50 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountUEFA Europa League action Thursday Night comes from the San Paolo Stadium and features Napoli versus Swansea City.

View our Betting Preview, Match Odds, Tips and Predictions for the game which can be seen Live on ITV 4 High Definition with a scheduled 18:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Napoli v Swansea City Preview, Europa League, Thursday 27th February 2014

Napoli have been playing very well as of late and seem to have recovered from the poor results at the beginning of February with two loses to Atalanta and Roma. Since then they have managed three wins and two draws with one of the wins bouncing back against Roma to win 5 – 3 on aggregate in the Coppa Italia. Last weeks game away to Swansea City see the Italian side struggle to make too much of an impact with the Welsh side playing very attacking football and were very unlucky not to grab a result.

Swansea City still continue to suffer in the Premiership as of late with a recent loss to Liverpool now on the records. It was a hard result for Swansea to take after being equal to the title contenders for a majority of the match. Sadly in the 74th minute Liverpool took the lead via a Henderson goal which made it his double for the match and ending the game 4 – 3 in Liverpool’s favour. The game against Napoli last week produced a lot of positives for the Welsh side and they should feel confident of grabbing a result in Italy on Thursday.

Napoli Team News:

Napoli have been hitting the target on a regular basis it the Serie A competition with the clubs top scorer being 13 goal striker Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentine was easily held at bay by Swansea City as their defence ended up being very solid against the Italians. Between Napoli’s other five strikers they have notched up 22 goals so far and 13 goals come from the midfield which suggest the Italians know how to hit the target this season.

Swansea City Team News:

Swansea City are suffering with a number of important injuries right now as they see five key players missing from the starting lineup. Michu is still missing with damaged ankle ligaments and we are unsure on his return to action. British trio Nathan Dyer (knock), Benjamin Davies (calf) and Kyle Bartley (hamstring) are also missing from selection. Last but not least is Spanish midfielder Pozuelo who is out with a calf strain.

Napoli v Swansea City Head to Head Statistics

With only one game played between these two sides you should put the advantage with Napoli here who are meant to be the stronger side, and with an away draw earned you could say it was a poor result for the Italians. It was in fact Swansea City who were the better side on the night and came close on many occasions which could of won the Welsh side the match.

20/02/14 UEL Swansea City – Napoli 0 – 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

With only one game played in the recent past we haven’t actually seen any goals scored so can’t give an average goals per game average. If Swansea City play like they did last week and with Napoli’s impressive home record then we could see that statistic change by Thursday evening.

Napoli v Swansea City Recent Form (Left to Right)

Napoli: D D W W W

Swansea City: L D L D W

The Italian side Napoli are the side in exceptional form right now and you would have to place the advantage with them for Thursday nights Europa League game. Swansea City have actually been playing well although the results haven’t ended in their favour since the beginning of this current campaign.

Napoli v Swansea City Match Betting Odds Market

Napoli are solid favourites for this Thursday night Europa League game with their incredible home form playing some factor. The best available odds right now are coming in @ 1/2 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

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Swansea City are seen as clear outsiders for this game against an Italian side who are currently playing very good football and I cannot see Swansea City coming away with a win here. The best available odds are currently set @ 13/2 with Bet365 – £200 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

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Napoli v Swansea City Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

With everything taken into consideration and the fact that Swansea City run Napoli ragged when playing them at home I am just not totally convinced we will see the Premiership side progress into the next stage on Thursday night. Don’t get me wrong it could happen if Swansea City do manage to play like they did at home but we must consider Napoli’s impressive home form in the Serie A competition.

Napoli in the first leg started the game promising but once the home side settled the Italians spent a majority of the game having to defend Swansea City’s multiple chances which did effect their usual attacking prowess on the night. Swansea City themselves I feel shocked a few neutrals in the first leg after showing an impressive amount of attacking football and were often unlucky or due to the fact that Napoli’s Brazilian stand in keeper had a very busy first half.

So lets get down to some much need prediction for Thursdays game and I feel I am going to go both ways here in regards to who will win on the night. The first I will go for is Jose Maria Callejon to score and Napoli to win and the other is for both teams to score and Swansea City to manage the win. The second option is a long shot but the way they played against Liverpool at the weekend they could still take away a lot of positives even though they eventually lost the game 4 – 3.

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