Napoli and Genk measure forces at Stadio San Paolo, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since the Genk presents considerable differences in its results at home and as a visitor.
After 2 wins and 3 draws, the home team is currently in 2nd position, with 9 points won. In the last match, they tied for (1‑1) against Liverpool, after in the previous match, they had drawn for (1‑1) at home with Salzburg. This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, it presents similar results at home and away, since in the last 30 matches it records 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses as a visitor, with 26 goals scored and 21 suffered; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in his stadium, with 27 goals scored and 18 suffered. In the last match he played, for Serie A, he tied with Udinese out for (1‑1). In its last 10 home games Napoli records 4 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses.
For this competition, he does not lose 5 games ago. His attack has scored regularly, as he scored goals in 4 of the last 5 games for this competition. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 4 times and never got the comeback. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 11 home matches for all competitions: he suffered 4 of his 11 goals between minutes (46′ ‑ 60 ‘).
Napoli comes to this match after a 1-1 draw against Udinese, adding up the ninth consecutive game without a victory in official matches. In their last match for the Champions League, the Neapolitan club drew 1-1 with Liverpool. Coach Carlo Ancelotti should favor a style of possession of the ball and search for spaces on the flanks. Fabián Ruiz is the home team teacher and the player responsible for creating and organizing the offensive process. On the other hand, Dries Mertens is Napoli’s top scorer in the Champions League, with 4 goals scored. For this challenge, the coach cannot count on Malcuit, Allan, Tonelli and Ghoulam, all with physical problems.
The visiting team is currently in 4th position, with 1 point won, after 1 draw and 4 losses. In the penultimate match, he lost out against Liverpool by (2‑1). In the last game, he lost at home against Salzburg by (1-4). This is a stronger team with the support of his fans, since in the last 30 games he has 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses as a visitor, with 35 goals scored and 27 suffered; against 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses in his stadium, with 24 goals scored and 20 suffered. In the last match he played, for the Pro League, he won the Witch Circle out by (1-2). In its last 10 away games, Genk records 2 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses.
For this competition, he did not win any of the last 5 games. His defense has not been very solid, since he suffered goals in 4 of the last 5 matches, but his attack has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 21 of the last 31 matches have ended with Over 2.5 goals. This is a team that marks few times is primeiro and that only managed to open the scoring in 2 of its last 15 games, of these 2 it came to rest in advantage in 1 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in 1. In 15 games, only got 1 comeback in the 5 games in which he suffered the first goal.
The Genk comes to this motivated game, after a 1-2 victory against Brugge, for the Belgian Championship. We remind you that the Belgians no longer have any chance to advance in European competitions, since they have only added 1 point out of 15 possible. In this complicated home game with Napoli, coach Hannes Wolf must act with a careful strategy, seeking only the counterattack to exploit the opponent’s back. Striker Mbwana Samatta is the star of this team, being the top scorer in the Champions League, with 3 goals scored. For this game, the coach cannot count on Uronen, Zebli, Heynen and Vukovic, all with physical problems.