Real Sociedad vs. Napoli Betting Preview – Europa League, October 29, 2020
Having made their way to the summit of La Liga, Real Sociedad will be hoping to carry their domestic form onto the European stage when Napoli visits the Reale Arena on Thursday, October 29.
The Spaniards kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Rijeka on Matchday 1. Meanwhile, the Italians lost to AZ Alkmaar by the same scoreline.
This is set to be an intriguing battle between two of the competition’s biggest clubs. Keep reading to see my Real Sociedad vs. Napoli prediction and betting pick.
Real Sociedad vs. Napoli Odds
As you can see, the bookmakers can’t seem to call this matchup. Both sides have made strong starts to their domestic campaigns, so this is likely to be a closely-fought encounter.
Real Sociedad (2.60) is the bookies’ marginal favorite, although the odds for the Napoli win (2.65) aren’t much higher. Could the draw (3.30) be the way to go?
I discuss both teams’ prospects below.
Previewing the Match
With Real Madrid and Barcelona dominating La Liga, it’s not often you see a different team at the top of the table. But after losing just one of their opening seven league games this season, Real Sociedad is flying high at the summit of Spain’s top division.
The Basque outfit notched up their fourth straight win in all competitions on Sunday, with a Mikel Oyarzabal double leading La Real to a 4-1 victory over Huesca. Captain Oyarzabal has bagged four goals and two assists in his last three appearances, while in-form winger Portu has also netted four times this season.
But perhaps most importantly, Sociedad has been extremely solid at the back. Imanol’s men have only conceded three goals this term, and they are also the top scorers in La Liga.
Like Sociedad, Napoli has also enjoyed a promising start to their domestic campaign. The Azzurri has lost just one of their opening five Serie A games and currently sits second in Italy’s top tier.
A 6-0 victory over Genoa at the end of September was hugely impressive, with five different players getting on the scoresheet. However, Napoli’s 4-1 crushing of Champions League side Atalanta two weekends ago is undoubtedly their most impressive result this season.
Hirving Lozano netted a brace against La Dea, taking his tally to four goals in four league games this term. Victor Osimhen has also impressed following his big-money move from Lille, contributing one goal and one assist so far.
However, despite enjoying 73% possession and racking up 20 shots against AZ Alkmaar, Napoli lost their opening Europa League game last week.
Real Sociedad vs. Napoli Pick
Real Sociedad to Win2.60
Both Real Sociedad and Napoli have been in sparkling at the beginning of 2020/21, but in my opinion, the Spaniards have been on a different level to the Italians.
With goalkeeper Alex Remiro on fire between the sticks and forwards Oyarzabal and Portu blowing their opponents away at the other end of the pitch, I’m backing Sociedad to defeat Napoli and take control of Group F.