HNK Rijeka vs. Napoli 11/5/20 UEFA Europa League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

HNK Rijeka vs. Napoli 11/5/20 UEFA Europa League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by

HNK Rijeka 0-0-2, Napoli 1-0-1

11/5/20 12:55 pm

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HNK Rijeka is welcoming Napoli to Stadion HNK Rijeka in round 3 in the UEFA Europa League.

Rijeka is a good Croatia team, and they can play good soccer, but they are on a 3-game losing streak, and they have 2 losses in the Europa League. Rijeka has a lot of injuries and problems with Coronavirus, and they will miss a few good players because of that. Rijeka is in 4th place in the Croatia 1. HNL league with 12 points, massive 11 points away from Dinamo Zagreb at the top. Usually, Rijeka is one of the best teams in the attacking end, but they have scored only 8 goals this season. In their last Europa League game, Rijeka was playing against Alkmaar on the road, and they have had 55% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and a solid 82% of the correct passes. The defense was a big problem for Rijeka in this game, and they ended up losing this match 4-1. Kulenovic is the only goalscorer for Rijeka with only 1 goal so far in the Europa League. Rijeka is in the last place in their group in the Europa League, and they still have time to get one of the top two spots, but they need to start winning games.

Napoli has lost 3 of their last 5 games, and their form has been hot and cold as of late. Napoli is struggling in the attacking as of late, and their defense is not picking up the slack. In their last Serie A game, Napoli was hosting Sassuolo, and it was a fun game to watch, but Napoli has lost this match 0-2 at home. In their last Europa League game, Napoli was playing against Real Sociedad on the road, and they were the weaker team with 35% of ball possession, 1 shot on goal, 2 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 78% of the correct passes. Napoli was defending well in this game, and they were able to score a goal in the 55th minute. In the 92nd minute, Napoli has conceded a red card, but it was late in the game and it didn’t affect the score. Napoli has won this match 0-1. Politano is the only goalscorer for Napoli with 1 goal so far in the Europa League. Llorente and Malcuit are not eligible to play in the Europa League, while Osimenh is suspended because of the red card. There are no injuries in Napoli as of right now, and that is a good team because coach Gattuso must find the right combination to win games, both in the Europa League and Serie A.

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This is the first time Rijeka and Napoli are meeting. As I’ve mentioned, Rijeka is a good team, one of the best in Croatia, but I’m not sure they have the depth and the quality to compete in the Europa League. Napoli is struggling on both ends, but they are the better team here. I think Rijeka could surprise here because Napoli is struggling, but I will give it a shot with goals.

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