20:05 GMT 15 February 2018
The Napoli vs. Leipzig match will be played on Thursday, February 15, at the San Paolo Stadium, Napoli. This is the first leg match of Europa League first knockout phase. Both Napoli and Leipzig finished third in their Champions League groups. Napoli currently leads in Serie A, while Leipzig is second in Bundesliga.
The upcoming game will be the first between these two teams.
Napoli is focused on Serie A, where they have a historic chance to win the title, the first after Maradona generation. They are flawless at the moment and so far they are playing impressive under huge pressure from Juventus. In Champions League they finished behind Shakhtar and Manchester City, which was slightly disappointing, but Serie A title is more important for them anyway. That doesn't mean Europa League is irrelevant, on the contrary. Napoli will do everything in their power to win the title in this competition, but their next opponent will be a serious challenge. Milik, Ghoulam and Chiriches will miss the upcoming game because of injuries, all other players will be at Sarri's disposal.
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Leipzig is second in Bundesliga, behind unstoppable Bayern Munich. In their Champions League debut they got an easy group with Besiktas, Porto and Monaco, but they failed to qualify for the knockout phase. Europa League is not that important for them, but we mustn't forget that Leipzig is not a club with tradition, so every European match should carry a great motive for them. Halstenberg and Forsberg are injured for the upcoming game. Latest matches: RB Leipzig
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Napoli is certainly a favorite in the upcoming game. We expect both teams to score at least one goal.
15 February 2018 - 20:05 GMT
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