​Napoli will be looking to put aside their poor Serie A form and take a huge step towards qualification for the next round of the Champions League when they take on an exciting RB Salzburg side.


After some shrewd acquisitions over the summer, last year's runners up were expected to launch a serious assault on the Scudetto this season, but it hasn't quite worked out as planned thus far.



Since their ​victory over Salzburg last time out in Europe the Azzurri have failed to register a single win, and slipped down to seventh place, leaving them 11 points adrift of leaders ​Juventus.


They face a tough task in trying to reignite their form against an RB side who have surprised many with their attacking approach this season. Here's 90min's preview for the game...


Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off?Tuesday 5th November
What Time Is Kick Off?20:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played?Stadio San Paolo
TV Channel/Live Stream?BT Sport 2
Referee?Szymon Marciniak

Team News


Both Mario Rui and Kostas Manolas returned to the defence during the 2-1 loss to Roma at the weekend, meaning Allan is Napoli's only injury concern ahead of the game.


Carlo Ancelotti could spring a surprise by dropping Lorenzo Insigne down to the bench, with big-money summer signing Hirving Lozano waiting in the wings. Arkadiusz Milik's good form up front should see him keep his spot alongside Dries Mertens.

Arkadiusz Milik

Salzburg have goal machine Erling Braut Håland among their ranks, and they will be confident that the Norwegian wonderkid can fire again once more.


They will, however, be without goalkeeper Cican Stankovic who was injured in the last meeting between the pair, while Smail Prevljak and Patrick Farkas will also miss out.


Predicted Lineups

NapoliMeret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Rui; Callejon, Ruiz, Zielinski, Lozano; Mertens, Milik
RB SalzburgCoronel; Nissen, Ramalho, Wober, Ulmer; Junuzovic, Szoboszlai; Daka, Minamino, Hwang; Håland

Head-to-Head Record


The two sides met in a closely contested last 16 tie in the Europa League last season after Napoli dropped down from their Champions League group.


Napoli progressed with a 4-3 aggregate victory over those two games, after Salzburg had fought back from a three goal deficit in the first leg.

Giovanni di Lorenzo - Soccer Player,Erling Braut Håland

Their last group meeting was equally close, with Napoli running out 3-2 victors after a rollercoaster of a match.


Recent Form


Napoli have thoroughly underwhelmed in Serie A this season. Two draws and a loss in their last three have seen them slip out of even the Champions League places, which for a side that had ambitions of winning a third Scudetto, is simply not good enough.


Their Champions League form has been better though. They are the only team to have beaten European champions Liverpool all season, and are currently top of group E.

Many neutrals have fallen in love with Salzburg's style of play purely for the amount of goals they score. In the Champions League this year Jesse Marsch's side have scored an unbelievable ​11 goals in just three games.


Their domestic league form is even more outrageous, however, as the Austrians have managed 53 goals in 13 league games - an average of over four per game. This is partly down to striker Erling Håland, who has netted a ridiculous 22 goals in 16 games.


Here's how the two have fared in their last five matches.


NapoliRB Salzburg
Roma 2-1 Napoli (2/11)Mattersburg 0-3 RB Salzburg (2/11)
Napoli 2-2 Atalanta (30/10)ASK Ebreichsdorf 0-5 RB Salzburg (30/10)
SPAL 1-1 Napoli (27/10)RB Salzburg 3-2 Rapid Wien (27/10)
RB Salzburg 2-3 Napoli (23/10)RB Salzburg 2-3 Napoli (23/10)
Napoli 2-0 Verona (19/10)Sturm Graz 1-1 RB Salzburg (19/10)

Prediction

In any game that features RB Salzburg goals are pretty much a given, and with Napoli's poor run of form this could be a tough test.

Patson Daka,Giovanni di Lorenzo - Soccer Player

You would have to expect the Italian side's quality to shine through, but perhaps not before we witness another absolute goal fest.


Prediction: Napoli 3-2 RB Salzburg