LEI vs NAP: Leicester City will face Napoli in the UEFA Europa League group stage at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester City lost the last match against Manchester City in the English Premier League by 0-1. Recently, In the Premier League, Leicester City has won 2 matches and lost 2 matches in their past four tie-ups, despite lineup shuffles that have the potential to boost the league’s momentum. Brendan Rodgers and co. will be hoping to make more progress in the Europa League after only making it to the Round of 32 last time around.
Meanwhile, Napoli defeated Juventus 2-1 in Serie A. Matteo Politano and Kalidou Koulibaly scored to set up the victory, which extended their winning streak under new manager Luciano Spalletti. They’ve had a terrific start to the season in Serie A, gaining all nine points in their first three games and dominating their opponents in their encounters. They are undefeated in their past seven Europa League group stage away games, winning five in a row before drawing 1-1 at AZ on the fifth matchday in 2020.
LEI vs NAP: head to head
In the UEFA Europa League, the two sides have never competed against each other.
LEI vs NAP: Team News
Due to injuries, James Justin, Nampalys Mendy, and Wesley Fofana will be unable to play. James sustained a severe ACL knee injury, while Fofana was rushed to the hospital with a fractured fibula. Mendy has a groin ailment that he sustained while playing for Senegal.
Diego Demme and goalie Alex Meret will miss the game for Napoli due to knee injuries and vertebra fractures, respectively. Stanislav, a Slovakian midfielder, will most likely miss the game due to biceps inflammation. Dries Mertens will also be absent from the squad.
LEI vs NAP: Probable Playing XI
Leicester City Probable Playing XI: Kasper Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, Jannik Vestergaard, Ryan Bertrand, James Maddison, Wilfred Ndidi, Ademola Lookman, Kelechi Iheanacho, Harvey Barnes, Jamie Vardy.
Napoli Probable Playing XI: David Ospina, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Amir Rrahmani, Kalidou Koulibaly, Youri Tielemans, Fabian Ruiz, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Piotr Zielinski, Hirving Lozano, Matteo Politano, Lorenzo Insigne.
LEI vs NAP: Prediction
The Europa League provides an excellent opportunity for Leicester City to demonstrate their increasing talent, and a deep run in the tournament will speak well for them. Napoli, on the other hand, have a new manager in the form of Luciano Spalletti at the helm. They have a solid squad, and the signing of Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa strengthens their midfield. Though Leicester City has struggled recently, a change in their attacking lineup can help the squad. Thus, the match will result in a draw.
LEI vs NAP Dream11 Team
Kasper Schmeichel(GK); Ryan Bertrand, Kalidou Koulibaly, Caglar Soyuncu; Lorenzo Insigne(C), Youri Tielemans, Piotr Zielinski, James Maddison, Jamie Vardy(VC), Hirving Lozano, Matteo Politano.
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