Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli feature in our latest Serie A predictions

Napoli vs Arsenal: Extra-time could be on cards in Italy

Kick-off: 2000, 18/04/2019

Stadium: San Paolo Stadium

TV: BT Sport

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What Trueform says for Napoli vs Arsenal

Arsenal made a strong start to their Europa League quarter-final with a composed 2-0 first-leg victory at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners took control during the opening 45 minutes in north London courtesy of Aaron Ramsey’s neat finish and a Kalidou Koulibaly own goal.

However, the Premier League side’s away form has been their downfall in Unai Emery’s first campaign and a home win priced at 4/5 looks appealing in our first Napoli vs Arsenal prediction.

A Look At Napoli’s Betting Odds

Napoli only narrowly missed out on advancing to the knockout phase of the Champions League after finishing third in a tough group featuring Paris St Germain and Liverpool.

They held the French outfit to two draws, while they defeated Jurgen Klopp’s side at the San Paolo Stadium, but a 1-0 loss at Anfield saw them drop to third and into the Europa League.

Azzurri have been in strong form at home this season, losing only to Serie A leaders Juventus in 22 matches in all competitions, winning 16.

On the Arsenal defeat, Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti said: “Turning things around now will be difficult, but we’ll be at home, at the San Paolo, and the fans will help us.

“In the second half we managed to do better, create chances, so I have hope for the second leg. It’s difficult, not impossible.”

The two sides have only met on three occasions in Europe and all three ties have seen the hosts win by a 2-0 scoreline.

Looking at the Napoli vs Arsenal odds, we reckon a fourth successive 2-0 home success at 19/2 is on the cards.

A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds

The Gunners will hope their attacking talents come to the fore in Naples where a goal could all-but secure their place in the last four.

However, their task will be made more difficult at a hostile San Paolo Stadium where the boisterous Napoli fans are close to the pitch, producing an atmosphere which Arsenal teams have struggled to deal with in recent years.

That record has continued in this season’s Europa League too, where they fell to 1-0 and 3-1 defeats at BATE Borisov and Rennes in the last two knockout rounds respectively, before turning the tie on its head at the Emirates.

Arsenal may have the goalscoring prowess of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, but the former has yet to score away from home in all competitions since the turn of the year, while the latter has one goal on his travels since October.

Five defeats in their last eight away games does not improve their chances and means it could be a tough evening for the Gunners.

And due to their away-day woes, we round off the Napoli vs Arsenal betting tips with a home win to nil at 5/2.

Additional stats

Last Europa League result:

ARSENAL 2-0 NAPOLI – Aaron Ramsey, Kalidou Koulibaly (OG)

Head-to-head: Arsenal 2-0 Napoli, Napoli 2-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-0 Napoli

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