Leicester City and Napoli will face each other in Group C at King Power Stadium in England’s East Midlands on the opening match day of the UEFA Europa League on Wednesday evening.
The Italians are enjoying their run in Italy’s Serie A after beating Italian giants Juventus in the last game despite Alvaro giving Morata La Vecchia Signora the lead in the 10th minute.
On the other hand, Leicester City lost 1-0 to Manchester City, despite the constant threat of last weekend’s counterattack.
The Foxes took advantage of City’s weakness as a left-back when they launched relentless counterattacks on that very flank, only to be thwarted in the final third by Kyle Walker and / or Ederson in their pursuit.
As the world waits with bated breath for the game between the two teams to begin in England, FootTheBall offers you a detailed and extensive preview of the game before kick-off on Wednesday evening in England.
Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers will have access to almost all of his players in this crucial game against Napoli. Jannik Vestergaard started for the Foxes in defense, while Jonny Evans came on for Brendan Rodgers in the game against Manchester City.
However, Leicester City will do without longtime absentee Wesley Fofana and full-back James Justin, who are likely to rejoin in October.
Leicester City likely starting line-up (4-2-31) : Flattery; Castagne, Soyuncu, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Tielemans, Ndidi; Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy
Napoli will be without the services of Stanislav Lobotka and goalkeeper Alex Meret in the game against Leicester City in England.
But on the better side, Piotr Zielinski played against Juventus from the bench and will be in the race in England by the middle of the week.
David Ospina will be in goal for the Italians at the start of their Europa League season in the absence of Alex Meret.
Napoli likely starting line-up (4-3-3) : Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Rui; Ruiz, Anguissa, Elmas; Politano, Osimhen, badge
There is no need for the Foxes to look beyond the charismatic English striker when it comes to the player holding the keys to Brendan Rodgers’ squad. Vardy has already scored 2 goals and 1 assist in 4 games in the Premier League.
He was also impressive in their most recent home game against Manchester City as he teamed up pretty well with Marc Albrighton, James Maddison and Harvey Barnes on the counterattack and was even ruled out offside against the Sky Blues at the weekend.
English trio Albrighton, Maddison and Barnes will support him as well as defensive midfielders Tielamns and Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho (who could come off the bench as a substitute).
Matteo Politano is doing quite well under new coach Luciano Spalletti as he continues to show impressive performances on the right wing of the three-way battle, which also consists of Osimhen and Insigne.
The Italian winger has already scored 1 goal (shot against Italian heavyweights Juventus) and 1 assist in 3 games in Italian Serie A and it will be his contribution, along with Osimhen and Insigne, to determine the outcome of the game for the Blues in. will determine England and their entire trip to the Europa League this season.
Fighting in the Premier League after losing 2 of their 4 games to date in the English premier league, the Foxes will be on the lookout for an inspiring home-ground win against Napoli to build their confidence in the domestic league as well.
On the other hand, Napoli has not yet lost a single point in Italy’s Serie A under Luciano Spalletti and will therefore be full of confidence ahead of his trip to England to start their Europa League season against Leicester City as they finish first in their group.
FootTheBallPrediction: Leicester City 1-2 Napoli