Napoli vs FC Zurich Match Info
Date: Thursday February 21 2019
Kick-off time: 5.55pm GMT
Venue: Stadio San Paolo
Napoli vs FC Zurich Head-To-Head Record
1 previous match
February 14 2019: FC Zurich 1-3 Napoli
Napoli vs FC Zurich Stats
- Napoli have played two previous matches at home to Swiss clubs in European competitions and won both
- Over 2.5 goals were scored in both of those games
- FC Zurich have played five previous games away to Italian teams in UEFA competitions, losing four and winning the other
Napoli vs FC Zurich Match Preview
Napoli are disputing favouritism with Chelsea for the 2018-19 Europa League and should have no problems breezing into the last 16 at the expense of Zurich.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side made short work of their opponents in the first leg of this tie as goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon gave them a comfortable half-time advantage, before Piotr Zielinski made it 3-0 and Benjamin Kololli’s penalty gave Zurich the faintest of hopes.
Having not lost at home for nearly a year, it is inconceivable that Napoli will fail to advance and arguably they are the most solid team left in this competition, which they dropped into after finishing third to Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool in their Champions League group.
It makes perfect sense for the Partenopei to prioritise this trophy because they will not win Serie A this season, being 13 points behind Juventus, and are out of the Coppa Italia. They have lifted major European silverware only once, which was the UEFA Cup in 1989.
Zurich were always going to find it tough in the knockout phase because they came through one of the weaker Europa League groups along with Bayer Leverkusen, the duo eliminating Ludogorets Razgrad and AEK Larnaca.
The Swiss side’s only win in their last seven games was in the Zurich derby against Grasshoppers and another decisive defeat looks likely on their trip to the Stadio San Paolo.
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