Arsenal will be aiming to extend their exceptional home record when they welcome Napoli to the Emirates on Thursday in the Europa League.
The pair are rightly amongst the favourites for the tournament outright – with the Gunners 11/2 and the Partenopei 4/1 – and may feel aggrieved at the severity of their quarter-final draw.
However, you have to beat the best to be the best and Arsenal are certainly in form on their own patch, winning their last seven in N7, conceding just twice in that time. Winning on Thursday at 16/11 could prove crucial considering they have won just one of their last seven on the road.
That streak included defeats away to both BATE Borisov and Rennes and meant they were lucky to get through to the last eight.
Napoli themselves were fortunate to make their way into the last eight, losing 3-1 in Salzburg to scrape through 4-3 after an easy win on their own patch against the Austrian champions.
Two wins in six games does not bode well for Carlo Ancelotti’s men and the Italian club seem to be waiting for next season, with second place all but sealed in Serie A, but no chance of catching leaders Juventus.
Ancelotti’s side are 21/10 to win on the night, with the draw 28/11, and while they will have defender Kalidou Koulibaly back from suspension, it is striker Arkadiusz Milik who is arguably their most important player. The Pole netted the opening goal in the first 15 minutes in both legs against Salzburg and is 6/1 to break the deadlock again on Thursday.
For Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set to return to their starting XI and is 7/2 in the same market as Milik after scoring the opener against Rennes.
Interestingly, Arsenal’s last four home games have seen them win both halves, a bet that is 63/10 to come in here and considering Napoli’s last six games have seen both teams scoring, it should be an entertaining affair.
The 11/4 on Arsenal to win and both to score appeals and Emery’s side are sure to go all out in their bid for a first-leg lead to take into next week’s return leg in the San Paolo.