Leicester and Napoli will play out a blockbuster fixture in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night when they lock horns at the King Power Stadium. Both clubs have the quality to play Champions League football and missed out on Europe's premier club competition by the narrowest margins. Napoli finished in fifth place in Serie A, with 77 points, a point behind Juventus, while Leicester secured fifth in the English Premier League with 66 points, one short of fourth-placed Chelsea. Although Brendan Rodgers was disappointed to miss out on his primary target, he was happy about a subsequent summer transfer window that saw him retain key players while strengthening the squad with additions like that of Jan Vestergaard. Napoli underwent more significant changes after wrapping up their league campaign. Gennaro Gattuso left his coaching role and was replaced by former AS Roma boss Luciano Spalletti. The Italian side also kept their best players, like Euro 2020 star Insigne.
Napoli started the season in imperial fashion, winning their opening three matches, the most recent against Juventus. While the goals have been mainly shared, Insigne is their biggest threat, averaging 4.7 shots per Serie A game. Leicester didn't start the season as well, losing two of their opening four fixtures. Jamie Vardy continues to lead the line for the Foxes, and he has two goals in this campaign. Rodgers needs other players to step up as he can't rely on the 34-year-old striker forever. While Leicester have never faced Italian opposition, Napoli have played nine competitive games in England, losing six and drawing three times. Leicester are unbeaten in nine of their last ten UEL home games, so they will feel confident that they will get a result here. We suggest backing a draw.