Napoli vs Barcelona Match Preview & Prediction
Napoli vs Barcelona Match Preview & Prediction, Team News, Stats, Head to Head
Barcelona are gearing up to make a trip to Italy to face the Naples side for the first leg of their 2020 UCL campaign, both teams have made it this far into the round of 16 with hopes to go even further.
Under Gattuso, Napoli seem to be on a better run of form despite losing four out of his opening six matches that saw them drop spots in the Serie A ranking. However, a recent wave hit and it’s somewhat back to winning ways as Gli Azzurri registered six wins in the last seven played including victories over Inter and Juventus. Napoli’s previous game saw them one from behind to beat Brescia 2-1 away from home which will serve as a much needed and morale boosting win going into their Champions League fix with Barcelona.
Napoli finished second position in the group after winning their first two of their Champions league games against Liverpool and Genk but played a stalemate against Salzburg. On the Injury list, Milik and Hysaj absent for a knee problem, Lozano with an adductor issue will all be doubtful for the match but Koulibaly down with a thigh injury will undoubtedly be out.
Predicted Napoli XI: Ospina; Lorenzo, Manolas, Maksimovic, Rui; Ruiz, Demme, Elmas; Politano, Mertens, Insigne
Barcelona finished top of their champions league group, one which had Internazionale, Slavia and the German side Borussia Dortmund, going unbeaten the entire group phase and that earned them a place in the round of sixteen against Napoli. Barca go into this game on the back of a very nice domestic run which has seen them climb back to the top of the la Liga standings. Star Man, Lionel Messi hit 4 against Eibar over the weekend to give the Napoli defenders a sign of things to expect.
Setien has a host of injuries to worry about with the long term absentees Luis Suarez & Ousmane Dembele remaining unavailable, New signing Martin Braithwaite ineligible to play and most recently Jordi alba & Sergi Roberto also ruled out due to an adductor injury for a few weeks. However, that hasn’t stopped Barcelona from finding ways to score and win and with Lionel Messi in this kind of form, he can be confident going to the San Paolo. Quique Setien has to solve the left wing dilemma at the moment, the choice between starting Arturo Vidal at the tip of the diamond or stretching the game by starting the youngster Ansu Fati on the left wing remains to be seen but however they line up, this is set to be an exciting game.
Predicted Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Firpo; De Jong, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Griezmann, Vidal
Napoli vs Barcelona Head to Head
Not so surprisingly, these two teams have met a just handful of times. Equally sharing the venue of the only four games they’ve played each other at two each but it is the Spanish giants have more wins though all matches were played on the friendly level. All but one of the four matches have produced over 2.5 goals.
Napoli vs Barcelona Match Predictions
- Barcelona Double Chance
- Handicap +2 Napoli
- Both Teams to Score
- Goals in Both Halves
- Over 2.5 Match Goals
- Mertens/Insigne Anytime Goalscorers
- Griezmann/Messi Anytime Goalscorers
- Over 3.5 Match Bookings