Napoli 2-0-1, HNK Rijeka 0-0-3
11/26/20 3 pm
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Napoli is welcoming HNK Rijeka to Stadio San Paolo in round 4 in the UEFA Europa League.
Napoli has won 4 of their last 7 games, while Napoli lost the other 3 games. In their last game, Napoli was hosting Milan in Serie A, and they were the dominant team with 62% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and a solid 87% of the correct passes. Despite being the dominant team in this game, Napoli has lost this match 1-3, and they also conceded a red card. In their Europa League, the situation is also tense, and three teams have 6 points. Napoli is in 2nd place, and they have scored only 3 goals while conceding 2 goals. Napoli has beaten Rijeka a few weeks ago on the road 1-2. Demme and Politano have each scored 1 goal for Napoli in the Europa League so far. Bakayoko and Mertens each have 1 assist. Osimhen is injured, while Hysaj and Rrahmani are both in quarantine because of the Coronavirus. Napoli has to stay on the winning track if they want to advance to the next stage. And they are playing well, but the lack of offensive options is visible, and that is something coach Gattuso must fix sooner rather than later.
After 4 losses in a row and all three losses in the Europa League, Rijeka has finally beaten someone. It was in their last game in the 1.HNL against Lokomotiva Zagreb. Rijeka was the better team in this game, and they have won this match 1-0 by a goal from the penalty kick. Rijeka is one of the best teams in Croatia, but they are struggling with consistency this season, and they are in 5th place with 15 points, 11 points less than Dinamo and Osijek. Rijeka has scored only 2 goals in the Europa League while conceding 7 goals in 3 games. With 0 points, this European adventure is over for Rijeka, and they will not advance to the next stage. In their last game against Napoli at home, Rijeka has had extremely low 24% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and only 68% of the correct passes. Rijeka got ahead in the 13th minute, but Napoli tied the score before halftime. In the 62nd minute, Rijeka has scored an own goal, and they ended up losing this match 1-2. Muric and Kulenovic have each scored 1 goal for Rijeka in the Europa League, while Kulenovic also added an assist. Ristovski is the only injured player for Rijeka at this time. I think it’s time for Rijeka to focus on the Croatia national league because they don’t have a chance to advance here, and I hope they feel the same.
There is no question that Napoli is the better team here, and alongside Sociedad, they are the best team in this group. The battle for the top 2 spots in this group is tight, and every point matters, which is why I think Napoli will win this game, and they will stay in the hunt for the top spot.