X

Wednesday 21
August

Match Previews

Arsenal v Napoli

10th April 2019, 13:10 by Jack Ogalbe

In one of the ties of the Europa League last-eight, Arsenal will look to make home advantage count against Napoli on Thursday.

Both clubs are seen as amongst the outright favourites to win the competition and may have felt somewhat aggrieved not to have received a kinder draw in the quarter-finals.

The Gunners lost 1-0 at Everton on Sunday but will be happy to be back at the Emirates, having won their last seven at home and keeping five clean sheets in that time.

After losing away at both BATE Borisov and Rennes in the knockout stage, Unai Emery will feel his team need to win on Thursday but Napoli are starting to stutter with little left to play for in Serie A.

With two victories in their last six in all competitions, the Partenopei were a touch fortunate to get through the last 16 against Salzburg and seem to be running out of steam.

Their away record of just three victories in their last 10 also appears an issue for Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian does have a good record against Arsenal though, winning 5-1 in his last two meetings with the club, albeit that was while in charge of Bayern Munich.

Ancelotti will be boosted by the return from suspension of star defender Kalidou Koulibaly, while Lorenzo Insigne may also feature in attack.

For Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likely to start, either in place of or alongside Alexandre Lacazette, but there remain doubts over Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

More Match Previews

Match Previews

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United

18th August 2019, 18:35

Wolves go in search of a third consecutive home win over Manchester United, when the pair meet at Molineux on Monday evening.

Match Previews

Chelsea v Leicester City

16th August 2019, 19:07

Chelsea will be looking to secure their first win of the Frank Lampard era when they welcome Leicester to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Match Previews

Sheffield United v Crystal Palace

16th August 2019, 18:29

Sheffield United will play their first Premier League match on home soil in over 12 years when they take on Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Match Previews

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

16th August 2019, 18:27

Pep Guardiola is expected to recall Sergio Aguero back into his starting XI for Manchester City's home clash with Tottenham.

Match Previews

Everton v Watford

16th August 2019, 17:30

Everton will go in search of a fifth consecutive Premier League home victory when they play host to Watford on Saturday afternoon.

Match Previews

Southampton v Liverpool

16th August 2019, 15:53

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is set to return to Southampton's squad for Saturday's home clash with Liverpool, who have goalkeeping concerns.

Recent Sport Headlines

Barcelona

Dembele plans Barca stay

21st August 2019, 15:20

Ousmane Dembele intends to stay at Barcelona this summer and fight for a starting spot, according to his agent.

Leicester City

Loan switch confirmed for striker

21st August 2019, 15:09

Leicester have confirmed that Algeria international Islam Slimani will spend the 2019-20 season on-loan with Monaco.

Fiorentina

Ribery seals Fiorentina switch

21st August 2019, 15:08

Fiorentina have completed the signing of free agent Franck Robery, who had been without a club after leaving Bayern Munich.

Celtic

Lennon wants Celtic perspective

21st August 2019, 15:06

Neil Lennon has put what has been a difficult week for Celtic into perspective and he is hoping to enjoy a successful season.

Watford

Capoue reveals role in settling new signing in

21st August 2019, 15:00

Etienne Capoue has taken Ismaila Sarr under his wing as the new signing settles into life at Watford.

Newcastle United

Dummett prioritising club over country

21st August 2019, 14:59

Newcastle defender Paul Dummett favours club over country, according to Wales manager Ryan Giggs.

Tennis

Murray set for Antwerp in October

21st August 2019, 14:56

Andy Murray will compete in the ATP European Open in Antwerp in October as he steps up his return from hip surgery.

Manchester United

Should the Premier League help leagues below them?

21st August 2019, 14:51

Does the Premier League have a moral duty to finance the lower leagues of football?