Leicester City will play against Italian giants Napoli to kickstart their Europa League campaign of the 21-22 season. Napoli beat rivals Juventus with a late goal to keep their perfect Serie A record, while the Foxes are coming off a defeat to English champions Manchester City. Here is our expert guess on Leicester City vs Napoli football prediction, team news, and lineup for the Champions League match of the season.
Ayoze Perez is serving a three-game domestic ban but will be available for selection on Thursday.
Jonny Evans recovered from an injury and is set to make his first start of the season but Leicester is still without Wesley Fofana, James Justin, and Nampalys Mendy.
Patson Daka is likely to start on Thursday and in the Premier League he has only played 26 minutes so far.
As Napol will travel to Leicester on Thursday they will miss seven players.
Lorenzo Insigne and Mario Rui are expected to miss the midweek match as they have been added to Napoli’s injury list
Hirving Lozano could get some much-needed minutes in Insigne’s absence, but someone will have to play out of position to cover Rui at left-back.
If the away team requires fresh legs, Juan Jesus and Kevin Malcuit are options in defense.
Leicester City vs Napoli Prediction
So far in Premier League, Leicester City has lost two of their four matches this season. Napoli will be buoyed by their weekend comeback victory over Serie A rivals Juventus.
Napoli will be hoping to take something on Thursday having won their first three league games this season.
Though Leicester has struggled in the final third recently, the bright lights of a European night – and perhaps a change in attacking personnel – can help them secure a point against their toughest Group C opponents.
Leicester City possible starting lineup: Schmeichel; Castagne, Vestergaard, Soyuncu, Bertrand; Albrighton, Tielemans, Ndidi, Barnes; Daka, Vardy
Napoli possible starting lineup: Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Rui; Anguissa, Elmas, Ruiz; Politano, Osimhen, Lozano
Our Prediction: Leicester City 2-2 Napoli
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