Villareal vs Napoli 02/18/2016 Europa League Preview, Odds and Predictions
Napoli vs Villareal
Thursday 18th February 2016 13:00 (ET)
The Line: Villareal 9/5 Draw 23/10 Napoli 9/5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bt Sport Extra; ESPN; Fox Soccer
Another cracking tie for us on Thursday with Villareal hosting Napoli at El Madrigal. Villareal have been terrific at home this season with fourteen wins in eighteen games at home including wins over Valencia, Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid. Home truly has been a fortress for Villareal and the yellow submarines will look to use that home advantage when they play high flying Napoli who just suffered a soul shattering loss away to Juventus, a game that Napoli lost in the 88th minute to a deflected goal in a game that they had been very comfortable and even bossed at times. Villareal will look to top scorer Bakanmu along with experienced striker Soldado and Dos Santos, Bruno and Suarez. There is alot of experience in this Villareal side and they lie eight points clear of fifth in the league table so an extended run in the Europa League maybe on their agenda.
Napoli want to win Serie A, that is a guarantee. Whether they really are interested in the Europa League is difficult to assess until we see the team named on Thursday. I think Higuain will be rested with a huge Serie A game against Milan on Monday followed by the home leg of this tie and then an away trip to Fiorentina. This is a pivotal moment in Napoli's season and they will want to get wins in those Serie A games, I think they may just take their eye off the ball here in the Europa League and against a dangerous opponent like Villareal this might be a good spot to back the Spanish side.
I think haveing looked at this that Villareal as a home underdog are the value play here. Obviously facing a tough team like Napoli this isnt going to be a huge play but I am going to take Villareal to get a win here at El Madrigal. This game has the potential to be an absolute cracker and if you have the opportunity to tune in you should do so.