The UEFA Europa League, Round of 32, First Leg, saw the clash between the Serie A league leaders Napoli and German Side RB Leipzig.
The first leg was a shocking loss for Napoli as they went on to loses of 3-1, even after they scored the first goal of the game. Adam Ounas was the sole scorer for Napoli. A brace from Werner and a goal from Bruma helped secure a win for the Bulls as they gained crucial away goals.
Maurizio Sarri’s side will definitely hope to improve after this upset at their home arena. They will be hoping to overturn the first leg result as they travel to Germany for the second leg match.
Napoli, being the league leaders still has to improve on their performance in Europe. With, Bundesliga opponents they have maintained a good record. The advantages will be on Leipzig side with the match being played at their home arena and also they would have a psychological advantage with their recent first leg win.
The Last six games of RB Leipzig has seen them win 4 of them with a loss and a draw. Napoli’s last six games have been five wins and a loss against RB Leipzig. Both teams will be looking forward to this match, hoping to advance further into the league.
Head To Head
The previous meeting between these two sides happened as the UEFA Europa League First Leg match on February 15. The game was hosted by Napoli in the Stadio San Paolo, and RB Leipzig was victorious. The winners scored three goals, including a brace from Werner and a goal from Bruma. Napoli stood with a goal by Adam Ounas.
Players To Watch
Timo Werner, the German striker, is the player to watch as the home side host Napoli in their Second Leg clash. Werner scored 2 out of the three goals scored by their team in the first leg game. Werner has scored led the goal scoring tally for RB Leipzig and will continue to do so.
He can create magic with his foot, and his teammates will be passing the ball to him as soon as they get the opportunity.
Adam Ounas, the 21-year-old Algerian Midfielder will be the key player on the Second Leg. After bagging a spectacular first goal, against RB Leipzig, the player will be looking to score again. The youngster has shown great promise and he will most certainly play with all his wits and might as Napoli look to overturn the first leg defeat.
The German side will be looking to be in full form after having won the away game. The match is likely to consist of the same players that took part in the away game.
With a shocking defeat by the German team, Napoli will do everything within their limits to overturn the first leg result. Though, the Serie A seems to be of more concern for the manager, considering Juventus are just a point behind them they will be more confident this time around with a hope to stun the home side.
RB Leipzig vs Napoli Lineup (Predicted XI)
RB Leipzig Lineup (4-4-2)
DEF: Laimer (RB), Upamecano (CB), Orman (CB), Klostermann (LB)
MID: Sabitzer (RW), Keita (CM), Kampl (CM), Bruma (LW)
Napoli Lineup (4-3-3)
DEF: Maggio (RB), Tonelli (CB), Koulibaly (CB), Hysaj (LB)
MID: Rog (RM), Diawara (CM), Hamsik (LM)
RB Leipzig vs Napoli Prediction
Napoli will be aiming for the victory at the Red Bull Arena. With each team looking to give their best for further progress into the league, this match will definitely be entertaining.
The Bulls will have confidence level surging with their away victory, and Napoli will do their best to spoil the celebrations of RB Leipzig. Goals will undoubtedly come from both the sides, and we predict this second leg match will be a tie.
Our Prediction: Leipzig 2-2 Napoli