Opta Stats: Napoli to keep a clean sheet as Sevilla and Fiorentina net

Both matches are on Thursday at 20:05

Napoli v Dnipro

Napoli have kept seven clean sheets in the Europa League this season, more than any other side

Defensive problems are the primary reason why it has been such a disappointing domestic campaign for Napoli – they have scored just two Serie A goals fewer than champions Juventus, yet have conceded 24 more. However, the Azzurri get it right in Europe. Three of the last five foreign visitors to Stadio San Paolo were shut out and it would have been four were it not for late leaks against Wolfsburg in the last round when a 6-1 aggregate advantage encouraged them to ease off.

Recommended Bet: Back Napoli to keep a clean sheet @ [1.91]

Gonzalo Higuain has scored seven goals from just 11 shots on target in the Europa League this season

Higuain took Napoli’s Champions League play-off flop against Athletic Bilbao badly, but has shown his professionalism by throwing himself into Europa League combat, where being one goal off the eliminated Alan and Romelu Lukaku in the scorer chart gives him plenty of incentive. The Argentine was a first-leg net-rippler in the round-of-32, the round-of-16 and the quarter-finals, as well as against AC Milan at the weekend.

Recommended Bet: Back Higuain to score @ [2.02]

Sevilla v Fiorentina (ITV4)

The last five Europa League games involving Sevilla have seen 19 goals scored (3.8 per game)

The challenge of retaining the Champions League is always hyped, but logistically the Europa League double is even trickier given that it requires a minimum of two matches more. That hasn’t stopped Sevilla from moving to within three fixtures of a second successful defence in a decade though, and their feat is all the better for the extent that they have entertained while doing so, going over 2.5 goals in five straight knockout encounters.

Recommended Bet: Back over 2.5 goals @ [2.0]

Fiorentina have scored in all 12 of their Europa League games in 2014/15

The Serie A continental resurgence has occurred in a way that has robbed pundits of opportunities to dip into the book of calcio clichés. Juventus notched three times away to Borussia Dortmund, Napoli fired four in Wolfsburg and Fiorentina have been a consistent menace, scoring two or more in three of their six road trips. Sevilla haven’t registered a Europa League zero at Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan this term either.

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score @ [1.91]