Former Liverpool boss Benitez is aiming to win the Europa League for the second time in his career and further his European credentials
Napoli have found themselves in a strong position in this season’s Europa League competition, having successfully reached the semi-final stage and gained a favourable draw against massive outsiders Dnipro.
Rafael Benitez’s Little Donkeys have climbed a superior seven points clear of Fiorentina in the fourth and final Champions League place in the Serie A, having been in sensational form this calendar year.
The Italian outfit are a best priced 14/5 with 888.com to secure a home triumph and both teams to score, with plenty of goals set to be on show at the Stadio San Paolo. Napoli possess plenty of attacking threat capable of dispatching their Ukrainian opponents easily, including in-form frontman Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon.
Astute Argentine attacker Higuain has been Benitez’s key source of goals this current campaign, with the prolific poacher having struck an incredible 27 times in all competitions.
The ferocious forward is an 11/2 chance with Bet365 to open proceedings, having done so in the first leg quarter-final thrashing over Wolfsburg last month.
Former Anfield manager Benitez led the Reds to an historic Champions League triumph over AC Milan a decade ago this year, and he paid homage to himself with his current side, again scoring three goals in six minutes against the Rossoneri in a Serie A encounter last time out.
In a dominant 3-0 victory, sharpshooter Higuain struck with 15 minutes left of the match, with his effort coming between captain Marek Hamsik’s opener and Manolo Gabbiadini’s third goal. Slovakian skipper Hamsik has been on a rampant run of scoring form from the central midfield areas this term, netting an impressive 14 strikes, including five in his previous seven outings. The 27-year-old playmaker is a 15/8 shot with Betfred to net again anytime on home soil.
Meanwhile, Dnipro have attacking talent of their own which could prove menacing to the hosts. Artem Fedetskyy fired home in two games against Napoli in 2012, featuring a rapid second-minute opener in Ukraine and his side’s second goal in Naples. The threatening full back is available at 11/1 with Bet Victor to get on the scoresheet for a third consecutive appearance against Napoli.
Expect plenty of goals in this clash, with Dnipro set to cause an unexpected forward threat and the Italian hosts gunning for European glory.
Betting tip: Hamsik to score anytime @ 15/8 with Betfred
All odds were correct at time of posting.