Napoli and AZ Alkmaar meet at Stadio San Paolo, in a match for this stage of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never met before.
The home team had direct access to this group stage, which is why they will play their first game in this edition of the competition. In their last match, for Serie A, they beat Atalanta at home by (4‑1). In their last 10 home games, Napoli has registered 9 wins and 1 draw. His attack has scored regularly, as he has scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In their home matches there is a tendency to score goals, as in 23 of the last 26 matches there were Over 1.5 goals and in 17 of the last 26 there were Over 2.5 goals.
Napoli come to this match after a great 4×1 victory in the visit to Atalanta: the team’s goals were scored by Hirving Lozano (2), Matteo Politano and Victor Osimhen. It should be noted that the locals reach this stage of the Europa League after winning the 19/20 Italian Cup. Coach Gennaro Gattuso usually plays 4-3-3, favoring a more leisurely style of play, attacking through the central zone. The three arrows pointed at the opponent’s goal will be Hirving Lozano, Matteo Politano and Victor Osimhen and the player responsible for defining and leading the attacks of his team is midfielder Dries Mertens. Outside this game are Eljif Elmas and Piotr Zielinski, both injured.
The visiting team will make its debut in this edition of the competition, since they did not have to play any of the qualifying rounds prior to this group stage. The team comes to this match after a home draw against VVV by (2‑2). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, AZ Alkmaar won 3, drew 2 and lost 5. Their defense has not been very strong, since they have conceded at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches, but their attack has scored regularly, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 15 of the last 17 matches have ended with Over 1.5 goals. In the last 4 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 5 of their 9 goals between minutes (76′ ‑ 90 ‘).
AZ Alkmaar comes to this match after a 2×2 draw against VVV, in a Dutch championship match: the team’s goals were scored by Jesper Karlsson and Calvin Stengs. It should be noted that the Dutch reach this stage of the Europa League after being eliminated in the third round of the Champions League: loss by 2×0 with Dynamo Kiev. Usually, the visiting team chooses to act in a 4-3-3, in which the three most advanced players are Jesper Karlsson, Calvin Stengs and Myron Boadu. When playing against an opponent of superior quality, AZ Alkmaar will have to present a more cautious stance, in order not to lose balance defensively. Coach Arne Slot can count on all his players.