Napoli-Porto Betting Preview: Home comforts can help the Serie A side progress

Luis Castro's men hold the advantage after the first-leg but our tipster is backing Rafael Benitez's side to turn the tie around on home turf when they meet in Naples on Thursday
Following a closely fought first-leg in Portugal last week, there is still everything to play for when Napoli play host to FC Porto with a place in the last eight of the Europa League at stake.

Jackson Martinez’s goal gave Porto a slender 1-0 advantage in the first-leg but, with home advantage for Thursday’s return fixture, Rafael Benitez’s men will be confident of overturning the deficit against the Portuguese side.

Napoli are warm favourites to win on home turf with bet365 offering 17/20 (1.85) on Benitez’s charges claiming victory while Porto can be backed at 31/10 (4.10) with the same firm to seal their place in the last eight of the competition in style by recording a famous win in Naples. The draw, of course, would also suit Porto and can be backed at 13/5 (3.60) with bet365 ahead of Thursday’s tussle.

There was little to separate the sides in last week’s clash, although Benitez’s side may be rueing a number of missed chances in the second half.

Former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain is likely to play a pivotal role for the Serie A side on Thursday and the Argentine striker is excellent value to make his mark against Luis Castro’s men here.

Higuain was on target in the home leg of Napoli’s last 32 tie against Swansea City and the 26-year-old forward can be backed at an appealing 15/4 (4.75) with bet365 to break the deadlock on Thursday while the 6/5 (2.20) quote on offer from the same firm for the Argentine to score at any time is also likely to prove popular with punters.

It will be intriguing to see how Porto approach the tie as they seek to preserve their narrow first-leg lead and should Luis Castro’s side look to kill off the tie by grabbing an early goal, the 9/2 (5.50) quote on offer from bet365 for Porto’s predatory striker Jackson Martinez to break the deadlock would represent good value here.

Napoli, though, have been solid at Stadio San Paolo thus far this term and the Partenopei side should be good enough to overturn the one-goal deficit in Naples.

Therefore, the generous 11/5 (3.20) quote from bet365 for Napoli (-1) in the handicap market is excellent value and should be backed accordingly by punters on Thursday night.

Napoli (-1) at 11/5 (3.20) 2pts stake with bet365

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