Napoli have secured the first place in the group stage in the UEFA Europa League, but they will be looking to continue with their perfect step when they visit Club Brugge this Thursday, November 26 at Jan Breydel Stadium at 21:05.
The Blues have been one of the best teams in the tournament, and they have 12 points, scoring 16 goals and allowing only one. They are one of the two teams that have won the four previous games, and they will try to become the seventh in the history of the Europa League to win all their matches in the group stage.
Maurizio Sarri’s team comes to this game with an impressive streak of 16 games with no defeat in all competitions, winning 12. Last weekend, they defeated Verona 2-0 on the road, and they are tied to Fiorentina in the second place in the Serie A standings with 28 points, only two behind Internazionale.
Napoli have lost only one game this season, and it was in the local tournament away from home against Sassuolo by 2-1 in the opening game.
Club Brugge are at their best for this game, as they have won their past five games. They are in the third place in Group D with four points, one behind Midtjylland. Both teams will face in the final game of this stage, but the Belgian squad needs to get points in this match to keep alive their hopes to advance to the Round of 32.
Despite being on the road, the Blues are favorites to get the victory in the Bruges v Napoli Uefa Odds. They are listed with 2.35, while the Blue-Black are with 3.25, and the draw is with 3.7.
In the first meeting between these two teams, Napoli got an easy victory by 5-0 at San Paolo stadium with two scores from Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens. They will try to win their third game versus a Belgian squad and first on the road.
The Blues most recent game at Belgium was in 1979, and they fell 2-1 against Standard de Liege in the UEFA Cup second round. Their first visit was two years before to play versus Anderlecth in the semifinals of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and lost 1-0.
Club Brugge will try to finish a streak of six straight games with no victory against an Italian rival. Their last win was in 2003 when they defeated AC Milan 1-0 at San Siro, but they have not been able to win at home since 1978.
Napoli are listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 4.1 Odds to win this game by one goal, while the Blue-Black are with 5.25 to get the three points by the minimum difference, and the score draw is with 4.33.
Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, who has scored 13 goals in 17 matches this season, is the favorite to open the scoreboard in this match and is listed with 5.0 Odds. El “Pipita” is followed by Jelle Vossen and Lorenzo Insigne with 7.5.
Despite Brugge’s good moment, take Napoli to win this game as they will remain as one the favorites to lift the cup this year.