NAP vs RS Dream11 Team Prediction: The last round of the Europa League sees Napoli and Real Sociedad face off in what is a very important game to determine who makes the next round. Napoli currently occupy the top spot and host Real Sociedad who sit in second place, level on points with third-placed, AZ Alkmaar. Real Sociedad’s last game ended in a disappointing 2-2 draw to Rijeka who hadn’t picked up a single point before the two sides met. AZ Alkmaar can qualify for the next round if they better Sociedad’s result as they face lowly Rijeka, in comparison to their rivals who are facing table-toppers – Napoli. The Italians do need to be cautious too as they risk missing out, should they lose to Real Sociedad and Alkmaar beat Rijeka. But the home side is in good form and have lost just once in their last 7 games while the away side has just 1 loss in 13 games but their last 4 games have ended in a draw.
Napoli vs Real Sociedad, Europa League fixture
10 December, 11:25 pm (IST)
Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, Naples
Napoli – LWWDW
Real Sociedad – WDDDD
Head-to-head (last five meetings): The 2 sides have only faced each other once in their recent histories with the Italians winning it.
Last meeting: Real Sociedad 0-1 Napoli (Europa League, 29th October 2020)
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A) Napoli Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Gennaro Gattuso is missing only one player, the new signing, Victor Osimhen who has a dislocated shoulder.
Doubtful: Napoli does not have any doubtful players for the NAP vs RS Dream11 Prediction.
Expected changes: Gattuso is likely to rotate the side that beat Crotone 4-0. Alex Meret starts in goal with Nikola Maksimovic replacing Kostas Manolas in defence and Faouzi Ghoulam starting ahead of Mario Rui. The midfield-pivot should continue with Tiemoue Bakayoko and Diego Demme. Hirving Lozano and Andrea Petagna will be back on the bench despite scoring on the weekend with Matteo Politano and Dries Mertens coming back into the squad.
NAP Playing 11 (probable):
Alex Meret (GK)
Giovanni Di Lorenzo
B) Real Sociedad Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Real Sociedad has an injury crisis with the likes of Alex Sola, Asier Illarramendi, David Silva, Jon Guridi, Luca Sangalli and Mikel Oyarzabal all out injured.
Doubtful: Aritz Elustondo has returned to training but it remains to be seen if he gets the nod for the game.
Expected changes: Imanol Alguacil too played a rotated side against Deportivo Alaves. Alex Remiro should continue in between the sticks behind, Joseba Zaldua, Robin Le Normand, Modibo Sagnan and Nacho Monreal. Mikel Merino, Cristian Portu and Alexander Isak should keep their places in the lineup with Adnan Januzaj and Ander Barrenetxea replacing the injured Mikel Oyarzabal and David Silva who will be big absentees from the lineup.
RS Playing 11 (probable):
Alex Remiro (GK)
Robin Le Normand
NAP vs RS Today Match Prediction:
Napoli enters this game as the favourites to win with Bet365 and SkyBet offering odds of 10/11 for a home team win and odds of 11/4 and 13/5 respectively on Real Sociedad pulling an upset. Last month, this game would’ve been a tough and intense game but the NAP vs RS Today Match Prediction is swinging in favour of the Italians given their higher position in the table and the fitter squad. Real Sociedad will greatly miss the likes of Mikel Oyarzabal and David Silva, whose experience would’ve come in handy against a side like Napoli. Furthermore, only a win will do for Real Sociedad whereas even a draw will suffice for Napoli who also have the home advantage.
NAP vs RS Dream11, Captain & Differential Picks
Captain Options –
Lorenzo Insigne – Lorenzo Insigne has had a good start to the season with 4 goals and 3 assists in all competitions in just 9 starts. He has also created 12 goal-scoring chances with a pass accuracy of 84%, along with 11 successful dribbles as well.
Piotr Zielinski – Zielinski has been excellent for Napoli with a goal and 3 assists in just 6 start so far. He has also put in some great numbers with an 83% pass accuracy and 14 goal-scoring chances created. Zielinski has 17 successful dribbles as well which will be dangerous against the Sociedad defence.
Dries Mertens – One of Napoli’s best players since he signed for them, Mertens has been as good as before with 5 goals and 6 assists in just 11 starts. He has also created an impressive 39 goal-scoring chances along with a pass accuracy of 80% and 13 accurate crosses.
Real Sociedad –
Cristian Portu – The mantle has passed to Portu in the absence of Mikel Oyarzabal and the Spanish international has scored 5 goals and provided 2 assists this season. He has created 16 goal-scoring chances. He will look to cause problems to the Napoli defence in a bid to qualify for the next round.
Adnan Januzaj – Finally back from injury, Adnan Januzaj has 2 goals and an assist in just 3 starts. He has completed an impressive 28 dribbles with 13 goal-scoring chances and 11 accurate crosses as well.
Mikel Merino – Mikel Merino has been excellent for Real Sociedad this season despite scoring a goal and 4 assists in 16 starts. He has created 16 goal-scoring chances as well and 26 successful dribbles. Alguacil will need Merino to be in top form when they face Napoli.
Differential Picks –
Matteo Politano – In just 8 starts, Politano has 5 goals and 2 assists including a pass accuracy of 86% and 20 goal-scoring chances created. Politano has 16 successful dribbles as well with an impressive 10 of them coming in the Europa League.
Alexander Isak – The Swedish international has had 12 shots on target with 10 successful targets and 75% of his tackles have been successful. He will look to link-up with the likes of Cristian Portu and Andrea Barrenetxea to hurt this rampant Napoli side.