Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Napoli will be aiming to overcome a two-goal deficit in the tie against Granada when the two teams face each other at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Thursday evening. The Neapolitans are likely to go all guns blazing at los Granadinos, meaning that a lively contest is on the cards. Even though the likes of Hysaj, Lozano, Manolas, Mertens, Petagna, and Ospina have been struggling with injuries, home win should be considered.
Both Insigne and Koulibaly return to the starting XI after the duo was rested in a 4-2 loss to Atalanta. The La Liga side are likely to rely on their solid defence in the return leg, but seeing that Napoli have turned their home ground into a real fortress, we are tempted to put our money on Genaro Gattuso’s troops. The likes of Lozano, Milla, Quini, Soldado, Suarez Charris, and Vallejo have all been struggling with injuries of late.
Highlighted Player (Dries Mertens):
Dries Mertens is a Belgian football player born on the 6th of May 1987 in Leuven. Mertens started his football career in the youth of RSC Anderlecht and AA Gent. In season 2005/2006 he made his debut for the first team of AA Gent.
After playing for AGOVV, FC Utrecht and PSV Mertens got transferred to Napoli for approximately 9.5 million euro. Mertens made his debut for the Belgian national team in October 2010 and played over 40 games for the national team already. Mertens played during World Cup 2014 and EURO 2016 for Belgium.
Mertens is a right attacking midfielder, which can play as a forward as well. Mertens is known for being a very small fast player, which has the ability to get past several defenders and deliver a cross to his team mates. In his career Mertens didn’t win any big prizes yet. The biggest achievements of Mertens are winning the Dutch national cup with PSV in 2011/2012, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa in 2014 with Napoli.
Highlighted Team (Granada):
Granada are an Andalusian football club that plays in Spanish La Liga. The club were founded on 14 April, 1931 and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy. El Grana, though, booked their place in the Spanish Cup final in 1959, but Barcelona proved to be a big catch for the Andalusian outfit.
Granada host their rivals at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, the stadium that was built in 1995. The capacity of the stadium is 23,934. Granada’s main rivals are fellow Andalusian team Sevilla, but Real Betis are regarded as the club’s bitter rivals as well.
The likes of Yacine Brahimi, Juan Aguero, Gustavo Benitez, Pahinho, Denis Milar, Julio Montero Castillo, Capi, Cesar and Jose Mingorance are famous players that were part of the Estadio El Sadar outfit in the past. The original colour of Granada’s kits were blue and white, but after the Spanish Civil War the club chiefs bought new ones (red and white).