Napoli vs Barcelona 02/25/2020 Game Analysis, Odds and Predictions
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Napoli vs Barcelona 02/25/2020 – For the first time ever, Napoli vs Barcelona is happening and it is in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Napoli will host Barcelona at the Stadio San Paolo this coming Tuesday in the first leg of the matchup. Best Online Betting Sites are in favor of Barcelona to defeat Napoli at their own stadium and return to Camp Nou with the advantage.
Napoli vs Barcelona 02/25/2020
Napoli was not playing well in Serie A with all their problems internally but they surprisingly made it to the Champions League Knockout Stage. They placed second in their group that also consisted of defending champions Liverpool, RB Salzburg and KRC Genk. Napoli was undefeated, unlike Liverpool with three wins and three draws. They are playing better in all competitions since Gennaro Gattuso took over as a manager. Napoli has defeated teams such as Lazio and Inter Milan in Coppa Italia and Juventus in Serie A. They might not be the most talented team in the world but Napoli have heart and determination just like their manager when he was a player.
Players to Watch: Dries Mertens (4 goals, 1 assist), Arkadiusz Milik (3 G), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (2 A), Jose Callejon (1 G, 1 A), Lorenzo Insigne (1 G, 1 A), Alex Meret (3 clean sheets).
Despite going undefeated in the group stages, Barcelona was struggling in the Champions League and they were having trouble scoring. And now, it will be even more difficult in the knockout stages without Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele due to injuries. Also, Antoine Griezmann has struggled since joining the Catalan club in the summer. Nevertheless, Barcelona has Lionel Messi who has been playing amazing football in the past month. In his last game, Messi scored a first-half hat-trick and a total of four goals in a 5-0 win over Eibar in La Liga. So, Napoli better watch out, because one of the greatest players of all time is in great form.
Players to Watch: Lionel Messi (2 G, 3 A), Antoine Griezmann (1 G), Ansu Fati (1 G), Arthur Melo (1 A), Arturo Vidal (1 A), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (2 CS).
Napoli vs Barcelona Betting Numbers
For the first time ever, Napoli and Barcelona face off against each other and it is in the Champions League Round of 16. Napoli has been playing well since Gennaro Gattuso was hired as manager while Barcelona struggled since Quique Setien was named as their new boss. However, Barcelona has Lionel Messi and for that reason, Top Sports Betting Websites are favoring Barcelona to beat Napoli. An in-form Messi is hard to stop and Napoli will have to play their best football this season if they want to get a result this Tuesday.
Moneyline: The safest option is to bet on Barcelona since they are the favorites to win this match with a moneyline of -110, compared to Napoli that have a moneyline of +260. As for a draw result, it has a moneyline of +275.
Score Prediction: Barcelona edges out Napoli to take the 2-1 win as they head back home for the second leg.