Garry Monk's men kept a clean sheet last week but our tipster believes that the former Real Madrid striker could prove to be a key man for Rafael Benitez's men on Thursday nightSwansea City earned a battling 0-0 draw with Napoli in last week’s first-leg tie at Liberty Stadium but Garry Monk’s men face a tough task as they look to complete the job by eliminating Rafael Benitez’s side from the Europa League in Italy on Thursday night.
Since last week’s first-leg clash, the Swans were edged out in a seven-goal thriller against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday and Monk will no doubt be hoping that his side can show more defensive discipline when they visit Stadio San Paolo.
Despite last week’s goalless draw in Wales, the home side remain strong favourites to reach the last 16 of the competition, with bet365 offering just 9/20 (1.45) for Rafael Benitez’s men to win on home soil.
The Swans can be backed at a chunky 13/2 (7.50) with bet365 to claim a famous victory over the Serie A side while the draw is available at 16/5 (4.20) with the same firm.
Napoli’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League was dealt a blow when they were held to a 1-1 draw with Genoa on Monday night but Rafael Benitez’s men boast an impressive home record with just one defeat at Stadio San Paolo in 13 home league matches thus far this term.
Former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain is a major threat to Swansea’s hopes of springing a surprise in Naples and the 26-year-old striker is available at just 3/1 (4.0) with bet365 to break the deadlock on Thursday while the same firm go 5/6 (1.83) that Higuain scores at any time.
The Argentina international has notched an impressive 19 goals in 34 games for Rafael Benitez’s men so far this season, including four in the Champions League, and looks excellent value to find the net against Garry Monk’s men on Thursday.
Those seeking bigger prices may be tempted by the 3/1 (4.0) quote on offer from bet365 for Higuain to score first here but better value lies in backing the former Real Madrid man to net at any time at 5/6 (1.83) with the same firm.
|Higuain to score at any time at 5/6 (1.83) 3pts stake with bet365
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