Prediction and odds for the game: Napoli (23/10) vs Liverpool (17/20)
We are backing draw/Liverpool at odds of 9/2
When: Wednesday 7 September 2022, Kick-off 20:00
Where: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona
On Wednesday night, Napoli host Liverpool at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Group A of the Champions League.
The Azzurri have made a promising start to the new domestic campaign, as they are unbeaten in five matches in Serie A. Last time out, Napoli recorded a 2-1 win at Lazio. Their decent form has seen Luciano Spalletti’s team climb to the top of the table.
Napoli will be hoping to take that stellar form into the Champions League, which is a competition in which they have enjoyed mixed fortunes in recent years.
They have won just one of their previous eight games in European football’s elite competition. However, a 3-1 defeat at Barcelona in the last 16 in 2020 ended a seven-game unbeaten run in the Champions League.
Napoli has a good recent home record in the Champions League, as they are unbeaten in eight games on home soil, having claimed five wins and three draws. They have also scored at least two goals in seven of their last 11 home matches in European football’s elite competition.
Napoli look set to be without German defensive midfielder Diego Demme through injury, while winger Hirving Lozano also looks unlikely to figure due to injury.
Jurgen Klopp’s team has endured an inconsistent start to the new campaign. Last time out, the Reds drew 0-0 with city rivals Everton, in the Merseyside derby. The draw ended a short two-game winning run. The draw means that the visitors now won just two of their previous five matches in all competitions.
The Champions League has become one of Liverpool’s favourite competitions, as the visitors have won the competition on six occasions. Last season they reached the final of the competition in Paris, only for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid to them defeat 1-0.
The loss ended a four-game unbeaten run in the Champions League. It also saw an end to a prolific run of scoring form, as they had scored at least two goals in their previous four outings in Europe’s elite competition.
Liverpool has won their previous six away matches in the Champions League, scoring at least two goals in each victory. However, Klopp’s team has also kept just one clean sheet in their previous seven matches on their travels in the competition.
The Reds are set to be without Ibrahima Konate, Jordan Henderson, and Calvin Ramsey. Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were left out of the visitor’s 25-man Champions League squad. Thiago and Fabio Carvalho are both fitness doubts.
Although Liverpool are the favourites to win this clash, Napoli are unbeaten against Klopp’s team in three games, having recorded two wins and a draw. This could be a close game, so we are backing draw/Liverpool. We are also backing over 2.5 goals, as Napoli has looked dangerous in attack at times this season, while Liverpool are renowned for their attacking play.
Our Tips: We are backing draw/Liverpool at odds of 9/2 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 8/13 (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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