Our football match prediction:
After failing to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages, Napoli will be looking to give fans some cheer when they welcome Leipzig at their Stadio San Paolo in the Europa League last 32, first leg. The Neapolitans are leading the chase for the Serie A title and, no doubt, the team's main goal is to win Scudetto. Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri could rest several first-team regulars in Thursday's football match against Leipzig, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, we predict that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. The Red Bulls have been having their ups and downs in the Bundesliga this season and seeing that they were struggling at the back in the group stages of the Champions League, we are positive that they are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Naples.
Highlighted Player (Hamsik):
Marek Hamsik is a Slovakian football player born on 27th of July 1987 in Banska Bystrica. Hamsik strated his football career playing for Slovan Bratislava where he made his debut in 2004. After 4 games he got transferred to Brescia where he played for more than 64 games. In season 2007/2008 Hamsik signed a contract at Napoli which paid Brescia approximately 5.5 million euro. Hamsik made his debut for the Slovakian national team in February 2007 and participated in the World Cup 2010 in South Africa.Hamsik is a offensive midfielder which is known for his impressive vision. Hamsik was part of the Napoli team that managed to became runner up and reach to the Champions League. With Edison Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi Napoli was a feared team. Hamsik won the Coppa Italia twice in 2011/2012 and in 2013/2014 with Napoli. In the season 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014 Hamsik was rewarded as the best Slovakian football player of the year.
Highlighted Team (RB Leipzig):
Leipzig are a professional football club founded in 2009. Die Bullen (The Bulls) were unbeaten in the 2012/2013 Regionalliga Nordost and, as a result, they secured promotion to the 3. Liga. After finishing the 2013/2014 3. Liga campaign in second place in the standings, Leipzig were promoted to the 2. Bundesliga and they competed in the German second tier for two seasons. Despite suffering a loss to Karlsruher on the last day of the 2015/2016 2. Bundesliga campaign, die Bullen secured promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time ever. Leipzig play their home games at Red Bull Arena (42,959) and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1954. Die Bullen wear white shirts and red shorts while their away kit is blue and yellow. Ralph Hasenhuttl was appointed as the team’s manager at the end of the 2015/2016 season and you should know that the likes of Ralf Rangnick, Achim Beierlorzer, Alexander Zorniger, Peter Pacult, Tomas Oral and Tino Vogel were in charge of the team in the past as well.