Our match prediction:
Napoli will be looking to overcome a one-goal deficit in the tie against Villarreal when they host the La Liga outfit at their Stadio San Paolo on Thursday evening. The Partenopei head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Milan and it has to be noted that they failed to impress in Monday’s Serie A clash against the Rossoneri. Anyhow, Napoli are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they seem capable of beating Villarreal, who often struggle on the travels. The Yellow Submarine have been impressive at the back of late, with the team holding Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw at the weekend, but preventing the Neapolitans from scoring is easier said than done. Former Real Madrid man Gonzalo Higuain was firing blanks against Milan, but he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in Thursday’s Europa League game.
Highligted 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 (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Vilarreal managed to reach the Primera Divison for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club couldnt manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Divison. In the last couple of years Villarreal deveped itself to a stable club in the Primera Divsiion. This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3th on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.