RS vs NAP Dream11: Napoli travels to Spain to take on Real Sociedad in the second group stage game of the UEFA Europa League. Real Sociedad enter this game in fine form after losing just 1 game all season. They have won their last four consecutive games and won their opening Europa League game against Croatian side, Rijeka. However, the same can not be said for their opponents, Napoli who have lost 2 of their last 4 games including the controversial 3-0 loss to Juventus. They did redeem themselves with a 4-1 win against Atalanta but then went on to lose 1-0 to Feyenoord in the first match of the Europa League.
Fixture name & competition: Real Sociedad vs Napoli, UEFA Europa League
Date & Time: 30th October, 1:30 am (IST)
Venue: Reale Seguros Stadium, San Sebastian
RS – WWWWL
NAP – WLWLW
Head-to-head (last five meetings): Real Sociedad and Napoli have not faced each other in their history.
Last meeting: NA
Live Streaming: Sony Ten Network, SonyLiv
A) Real Sociedad Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Real Sociedad has a long list of injured and doubtful players. Asier Illaramendi, Alex Sola and Luca Sangalli are all confirmed absentees with injuries.
Doubtful starters: They also have a long list of uncertain players with Adnan Januzaj, Ander Barrenetxea, Igor Zubeldia, Joseba Zaldua and Martin Merquelanz all doubtful and it remains to be seen if they get the nod in RS vs NAP Dream11 Prediction.
Expected changes: Imanol Alguacil is likely to stick to the 4-3-3 formation and will go for his preferred front three of Mikel Oyarzabal, Aleksander Isak and Cristian Portu. Manchester City legend, David Silva, should orchestrate the midfield alongside Mikel Merino and Martin Zubimendi. In defence, the trusted backline of Andoni Gorosabel, Aritz Elustondo, Robin Le Normand and Nacho Monreal should keep their place.
RS Playing 11 (probable):
Alex Remiro (GK)
Robin Le Normand
Injury Report, Unavailability: Napoli has no injured players to worry about.
Doubtful: Gennaro Gattuso does not have any doubtful or injured players and his only headache will be squad rotation.
Expected changes: Eljif Elmas and Piotr Zielinski are back with the team after following Covid-19 protocol, but it is unlikely that they will be given starts. Matteo Politano and Andrea Petagna started on the bench Benevento, but they changed the came after coming on and should be given starts. If Petagna starts, Lorenzo Insigne may be given a rest. One of Tiemoue Bakayoko or Fabian might be given a rest with Stanislas Lobotka deputizing in midfield. Elseid Hysaj is also likely to replace Mario Rui at left-back with rest of the backline remaining the same.
NAP Playing 11 (probable):
Alex Meret (GK)
Giovanni Di Lorenzo
This will be a very evenly matched game with Bet365 offering a Real Sociedad win at 2.62 and a Napoli win at 2.65, whereas, Coral are offering the exact opposite odds. Both sides are very good teams and will fancy their chances in this game. Napoli will be desperate to pick up points after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Feyenoord but Real Sociedad have the home advantage. A draw seems like the most likely outcome given the quality of the two sides but Real Sociedad have not drawn a game in their last 6 matches and Napoli in their last 12. Also, Sociedad has scored 8 goals in their last 3 games while Napoli has scored 6, which makes this a very interesting fixture. Check out our RS vs NAP Dream11 Today Match Prediction.
Captain Options –
Real Sociedad –
Mikel Oyarzabal – Oyarzabal captained Sociedad to a 1-0 victory over HNK Rijeka last week. He has 4 goals and 2 assists in just 5 starts in the La Liga this season. Playing on the left-wing. He has scored a goal every 110 mins this season along with providing 11 key passes and creating 13 chances. He has also completed 7 successful dribbles and a massive 11 successful crosses.
Cristian Portu – Cristian Portu has begun this season very well with 4 goals in just 6 starts this season. 3 of these goals have come in the last 4 fixtures as well. With 7 key passes and 7 chances created from the right-wing, Portu will be one to look out for, for Napoli. He also has a 100% shot conversion rate, with 4 attempts on target, all leading to goals.
Mikel Merino – Playing behind the frontline and alongside David Silva, Mikel Merino has a goal and 3 assists already this season. He also got the assist for the winning goal against Rijeka in their last Europa League fixture. Merino has been contributing on both ends of the pitch with his 10 key passes and 12 chances created complementing his 18 clearances and 11 interceptions.
Dries Mertens – Mertens has had an excellent start to the season with 2 goals and 3 assists in just 4 starts for Napoli and 2 goals and 1 assist for Belgium in 2 starts. Mertens has been a mainstay in this Napoli side with 127 goals and 81 assists. Mertens has a pass accuracy of 82% and has created 14 chances while providing 11 key passes.
Victor Osimhen – The new signing from Lille, Osimhen has had a good start to life in Napoli with a goal and assist so far but will want more. He has been quite creative for them as well with 7 key passes and 8 chances created. He has completed 3 dribbles successfully and has had 4 shots on target too.
Matteo Politano – Politano put in a man of the match performance from the bench as he provided 2 assists against Benevento to complete Napoli’s comeback. Politano has also scored 2 goals this season, against Atalanta and Genoa. He has scored a goal every 62 mins in the Serie A this season and will look to carry that on against Sociedad.
Differential Picks –
Aleksander Isak – The Swedish youngster is a much-touted prospect. With a goal and assist in his last 2 La Liga games, Isak will look to score more and announce his arrival to the world. With 6 shots on target, 5 successful dribbles completed and 3 chances created, he is a very exciting player to watch.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo – Playing at right-back, Di Lorenzo has picked up an assist this season which came against Genoa. The Italian has a pass accuracy of 93% and has 2 shots on target. Despite playing in defence, Di Lorenzo has provided 8 key passes and created 9 chances as well.