Napoli vs. Barcelona Tips, Preview and Predictions

Napoli Barcelona Eurotips

Napoli welcome Barcelona in the second episode of this mouthwatering Europa League knockout round on Thursday evening. The Partenopei snatched a 1-1 draw at Nou Camp last week, but the change in the away goals rule means that Luciano Spalletti’s men will simply have to outplay the Catalans in order to get a memorable victory and continue their chase for European silverware. 

Where and when: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona – 24 February, kick-off 20:00

Where you can see Napoli vs. Barcelona: BT Sport

Last time: Piotr Zielinski gave Napoli a surprising lead at Nou Camp last week, but Ferran Torres equalized from the spot for a 1-1 draw in the first leg of this Europa League clash. 

Napoli v Barcelona Predictions and Preview

Both Barcelona and Napoli enter the second tie of their Europa League knockout round with equal chances of progression, as the 1-1 draw in the first leg at Nou Camp leaves everything for the return leg. Napoli looked brighter in the first half last week and deservedly took the lead, but Xavi’s men pinned the Partenopei back after the break and could’ve even won.

However, Ferran Torres missed several big chances, which gives the Italians hope in what promises to be a historic encounter at a venue named after one of the biggest names in the history of both clubs. The clash at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona will not be one to miss, as both sides will be desperate to pull through this tough draw so early in the competition.

Napoli have never beaten Barcelona in an official game and have only one 1-0 win over the Spanish giants – in a friendly in 2014. Luciano Spalletti’s men were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw against Cagliari on Monday evening, while enter the clash on a high after earning an impressive 4-1 win away to Valencia.

Napoli vs. Barcelona full time result odds

Napoli have some serious concerns over the fitness of captain Lorenzo Insigne, who is struggling with muscle fatigue and is a doubt. Matteo Politano, Hirving Lozano, Andre Zambo Anguissa and Stanislav Lobotka are all injured and expected to miss the clash, while Giovani Di Lorenzo was subbed off on Monday evening in the 1-1 draw against Cagliari and could be absent as well

Barcelone also have a long list of absentees, with Dani Alves not being included in the Europa League list, while Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati, Clement Lenglet and Memphis Depay are all injured and will not take part of this crucial second leg.

Napoli vs. Barcelona both teams to score odds

This will be only the fourth competitive meeting between these clubs, with all of the previous three seeing both teams score, the same outcome here looking promising. Napoli should be much braver in front of their tifosi, so go with BTTS at 4/6, while you can also pair this with over 3.5 goals bet to reach better odds at 9/2

Napoli vs. Barcelona correct score odds

Both of these teams have been unspectacular but solid lately, with a draw on Thursday extending both of their unbeaten streaks. It’s tough to see this game ending goalless, with a score draw priced at 10/3 in these Napoli v Barcelona predictions. If both sides had their goalscoring shoes on, we would’ve seen more goals in the first leg as well, so our prediction for the return clash in Italy is a 2-2 draw at 14/1

Napoli vs. Barcelona first goalscorer odds

Despite failing to find the back of the net in the first leg, Victor Osimhen gave all sorts of trouble to Barcelona’s defence in the 1-1 draw at Nou Camp. The Nigerian has the pace and physique to outrun any member of the Spaniards backline, so watch out for him to break the deadlock at 133/2 to net first in a 2-2 draw. 

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