Our prediction for this Europa League match:
All eyes will be on AFAS Stadion when AZ Alkmaar and Napoli square off against each other in the Group F derby. AZ Alkmaar aim to regain their spot in top two, but the game against Napoli will be anything but a walk in the park for the Dutch outfit. The likes of Clasie, Helmer, and Vlaar are all likely to miss the match through injury. A man to keep an eye on in the home side will be Calvin Stengs, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
The Neapolitans, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-0 win over Rijeka. Genaro Gattuso’s men aim to cement top position in the standings, and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the match. A close encounter is on the cards at AFAS Stadion, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. Bakayoko returns from a domestic ban, while Victor Osimhen is sidelined with injury.
Highlighted Player (Jordy Clasie):
Jordy Clasie is a product of the Feyenoord youth academy who plays for AZ Alkmaar as a midfielder. His main position is defensive midfield, but he is capable of producing fine displays as both central midfielder and centre-back as well.
Clasie played for the likes of Feyenoord, Excelsior (loan), Southampton, and Club Brugge (loan) before returning to Rotterdam. After ending his second spell with Feyenoord, the Dutch footballer joined AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2019. He made his AZ debut in the Eredivisie on August 4, 2019 in a 4-0 win over Fortuna Sittard.
Jordie Clasie has 12 caps with the Netherlands U21 team, and he made his senior debut in a 1-1 draw with Italy on February 6, 2013. Thanks to his elegant style of play, Clasie has earned the nickname of “Dutch Xavi”. The AZ Alkmaar midfielder was born in Haarlem, Netherlands on June 27, 1991.
Highlighted Team (Napoli):
SSC Napoli is an Italian football club from the city of Naples which is playing currently in the Serie A. The club was founded officially in 1926 but the history from Napoli reaches back to 1904 with the club Naples Foot-Ball & Cricket Club that fused with Internazionale Napoli and was called FBC Internaples.
After 4 seasons the club changed its name to SSC Napoli (Societa Sportiva Calcio).
In the end of the eighties Napoli had the biggest success in the club history with the Argentinian legend Diego Maradona. Diego Maradona was able to win the league title twice, the national cup and the UEFA cup. The moment Maradona left the club Napoli got into big financial trouble.
In 2004 the local club was bankrupt. Despite the help of financial investors the club got regulated to the Serie C. After 6 years of playing in lower divisions Napoli managed to get back in the Serie A in season 2007/2008. Famous players that played for the club from Naples are: Maradona, Zola, Cavani, Blanc, Di Canio, Cannavaro.