Napoli vs. Real Sociedad Betting Preview – Europa League, December 10, 2020
As we head into the final round of group-stage fixtures in the 2020/21 Europa League, three teams are still in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages in Group F.
Napoli currently leads the way on ten points, while Real Sociedad and AZ Alkmaar are both two points behind. Gli Azzuri hosts La Real on Thursday, December 10, with both sides hoping to finish top of the group.
I discuss the bookies’ odds before sharing my Napoli vs. Real Sociedad prediction and betting pick.
Napoli vs. Real Sociedad Odds
As you can see, 10bet views Napoli (2.05) as the favorite to win this one. But the high price for the home win suggests that this will be a close contest.
Real Sociedad (3.40) has been in strong form both in the Europa League and La Liga this season, so you’d be foolish to write off the away side here.
Napoli vs. Real Sociedad Analysis
Napoli heads into Thursday’s clash fresh from a convincing 4-0 victory over Crotone. In fact, Gennaro Gattuso’s men beat Roma by the same scoreline two weekends ago, meaning they have now won five of their last seven domestic matches.
Gli Azzurri may still be six points behind Serie A frontrunner AC Milan, yet the team appears to be growing into the season. Following a shaky start to the campaign, it could be argued that Napoli is currently one of Europe’s in-form teams.
Gattuso’s side edged Sociedad 1-0 in the reverse fixture on Matchday 2, before going on to claim two victories over Croatian minnow Rijeka. Last week’s 1-1 draw with Alkmaar extended Napoli’s unbeaten streak to four games in the Europa League, but I’m sure the club will be eager to make it five games on Thursday.
Lorenzo Insigne has bagged a goal and an assist in each of his previous two league outings. The star forward has four goals and three assists to his name this term, so I’m expecting him to have a big say in the outcome of Thursday’s showdown.
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4⃣ LASK ?? – 0.6
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6⃣ Belenenses ?? – 0.66
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=9⃣ PSV ?? – 0.72
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Napoli may be flying along at the moment, but it’s fair to say that Sociedad is also one of the hottest sides on the continent right now. Imanol’s men have played 17 games in all competitions this season, losing just twice.
One defeat in 12 La Liga outings has been La Real cement second place in the La Liga standings – one point behind Atletico Madrid and five points clear of defending champions Real Madrid. It is worth pointing out that La Real has the best goal tally in the division (22), along with the second-best defensive record (5).
The Spaniards have also carried their domestic form onto the European stage. Sociedad has only suffered one loss in five Europa League matches this term, conceding just three goals in five European outings.
Wingers Mikel Oyarzabal and Portu have been at the heart of everything good about La Real this season. Oyarzabal has already notched up seven goals and three assists in 2020/21, while Portu has five goals and two assists to his name.
Napoli vs. Real Sociedad Pick
This is destined to be a tasty matchup between two in-form teams. Both sides are enjoying domestic success this season, but they will be desperate to impress in Europe, too.
In my opinion, there is very little to separate these two teams at the moment. For that reason, I believe the draw is the way to go here. Odds of 3.50 are very attractive!