Napoli vs Barcelona
Date: Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
Drawn against arguably one of the front runners to lift the trophy itself, Napoli have their work cut out this Tuesday, as Barcelona are unlikely to settle for nothing less than the win.
The Match Preview
Napoli played second fiddle to the reigning European Champions themselves, in Group E, albeit by no more than a point. Impressively though, the hosts were the only side to remain unbeaten throughout the group stages, while even the table-toppers were guilty of a stumble.
It is also worth mentioning that the home team are in fine form, at the moment. The Italian outfit have been tasting nothing but success in their past two games in the Serie A, and have admitted defeat just once in their last seven across various competitions.
On the other hand, Barcelona topped their respective cluster, and there can be no surprises there. Despite featuring in what was largely dubbed as the group of death, the Catalans made it through unscathed without a single defeat to their name.
The visitors are on a winning streak of their own, as we speak, and have picked up the win in five of their past six games too.
Given the evident difference in stature of the teams involved, Napoli have been cast as the underdogs to come out on top this week.
Napoli vs Barcelona Head to head (h2h)
The two sides have not previously locked horns with each other in any competition.
Napoli vs Barcelona Prediction
To be frank, Napoli have been faring a lot better on the road than they have been at home this season. In fact, they secured more points from their outings back in the domestic campaign. Miserably, 4 home defeats occur in the space of seven games.
In sharp contrast, Barcelona have been at the losing end in just two of their last nine outings. To make matters worse for the hosts, the Catalans are unbeaten in their past three trips across Europe, the last of which was a 2-1 win over Serie A side, Inter Milan.
Taking the aforementioned into consideration, Napoli’s chances of securing the bragging rights are certainly looking bleak. Be that as it may, the hosts have tasted success in two of their past three European clashes at this stadium, one of which was over the mighty Liverpool themselves.
Furthermore, it also needs saying that all four defeats that Barcelona have succumbed to this season have come from their trips on the road. Hence, it will be safer to back a draw no bet this week.
Additionally, the Blaugrana have been vulnerable at the back, especially in their outings. Disappointingly, they are yet to keep a clean sheet away from home since new year and have conceded five goals from their last three fixtures.
Meanwhile, Napoli have scored no less than two goals in each of their previous two games here. Considering the Catalans’ poor defensive record on the road, count on the hosts to find the back of the net along with Barcelona in this one.
Napoli vs Barcelona Betting tips
Draw no bet: Barcelona @ 1.60 (3/5)
Both teams to score @ 1.60 (3/5).