Napoli vs Red Star Belgrade
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
Red Star Belgrade have already caused plenty of problems to European heavyweights in their Champions League debut. They entered the group phase expected to have six defeats in six games, but they are can still make it to the last 16 round coming into this fifth round fixture against Napoli.
The Serbian champions held Partinopei to a goalless draw in the opening fixture. They went on to concede ten goals in back-to-back losses to PSG and Liverpool, but only to shock the Reds with a 2-0 victory at Stadion Rajko Mitic in Belgrade in the previous round.
The team led by Vladan Milojevic are now just two points shy of Napoli and Liv’pool at the top of the group standings and a win here could see them overtake all three heavyweights. Nevertheless, it’s still a dream scenario for the visitors as Napoli head into this as clear favourites due to obvious gulf in quality between the two teams.
Napoli vs Red Star Belgrade: Head-to-head
Red Star did hold Napoli to a goalless draw in mid-September, but Partinopei dominated the pitch throughout the 90 minutes of play.
The Italian side could have easily won it by multiple goals difference had they converted in front of Red Star’s goal.
Napoli vs Red Star Belgrade: Prediction
Carlo Ancelotti’s men showed strength by holding the likes of PSG to two draws and by beating Liverpool 1-0 in the second round. They have a fantastic opportunity to go three points clear at the top of the group with a win here and we do not doubt the experienced Italian manager will know how to prepare and motivate his lads to push string from the very first minute on Wednesday.
Red Star made a miracle in the fourth round, but we can hardly see them backing it up here at San Paolo against highly-motivated Napoli side.
Napoli vs Red Star Belgrade: Bet Tips
HT/FT Napoli/Napoli @ 1.53 (8/15)
Napoli -1.5 handicap @ 1.53 (8/15).