Our prediction for this Europa League match:
All eyes will be on Stadio San Paolo when Napoli and Real Sociedad face each other in the Group F derby. Both sides are eager to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages, but, as things stand now, there could be only one as AZ Alkmaar are seen as hot favourites to beat AZ Alkmaar in the last group game. The Neapolitans did well to crush ten-man Crotone (4-0) in their last Serie A game, meaning that they are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Real Sociedad.
La Real dropped two points in a 2-2 draw with Rijeka a week ago, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Napoli’s party at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Victor Osimhen remains in the recovery room for the hosts, while Hysaj and Rrahmani return to contention after recovering from coronavirus. Both Nacho Monreal and David Silva were rested in a goalless draw with Alaves at the weekend, but they should start against Napoli.
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 (Real Sociedad):
Real Sociedad is as Bask football club from San Sebastian. The club is playing in the La Liga since 2010 after the club got relegated to the Segunda Division. Currently the club hosts its home games in the Anoeta Stadium which holds a capacity of 32 2000 seats.
Real Sociedad was founded on 17th of September 1909 as Sociedad de Futbol and was originally founded by English immigrants. Real Sociedad was one of the founders of the highest Spanish football division.
Starting from 1939 Sociedad de Futbol changed its name to Real Socidedad. Real Sociedad had the most success in the eighties where the club managed to win the title twice.Famous players that played for Real Sociedad are: Arteta, Beguiristain, Xabi Alonso and Griezmann.