Preview - Napoli vs Arsenal 19 April 19

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Europa League Quarter Final
Napoli vs. Arsenal
Friday, April 19th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo
First Leg Score: Arsenal 2 - 0 Napoli

Napoli: 
Last five matches form: W L D L W
EL Average goals per match: 1.80
EL Average goals against per match: 1.20
EL Top Scorer: Arkadiusz Milik (2)

Arsenal:
Last five matches form: W W L W W
EL Average goals per match: 1.91
EL Average goals against per match: 0.55
EL Top Scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

This looked like one of the most evenly poised of the Europa League quarter finals, but it must now be advantage Arsenal with the Gunners having achieved just about the ideal result in the opening leg. Heading to Napoli with a two-goal cushion and having avoided conceding a goal at home, they have every chance of making it through, but this certainly wont be easily against what was the best team to drop out of the Group Stages of this seasons Champion's League.

Napoli were ahead in the possession in that first leg, and that will likely be the case to an even greater extent in this game. They will need to find their cutting edge in this one though as it was Arsenal who were by far the more effective side on the ball in that first game.

Raúl Albiol and Amadou Diawara miss out through injury for the home side. Arsenal will be without long term victims Rob Holding, Héctor Bellerín and Danny Welbeck.

Napoli's record here at home is a formidable one with just the one defeat in their past 30 games in all competitions. A clean sheet needs to be the basis for success here, something they have achieved in 12 of their last 21 here. They have won eight of their past 16 at home by two or more goals.

Napoli's biggest cause for optimism here will be Arsenal's away from, which hasn't been good. The Gunners have won just three of their last 13 on the road, but have at least scored in all bar three of those games.

We don't see Arsenal avoiding defeat in this one, but we do see them scoring, and that may just be enough to see them through.

Prediction: Napoli 3 - 1 Arsenal

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