⚽️ Game: Napoli vs Barcelona
⚽️ Competition: Champions League
🗓 Date: Feb 25, 2020
🏟 Location: Stadio San Paolo
💡 Betting Tips: under 2.5 goals
📈 Odds: 2.21
💳 Stake: 7/10 units
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When the round of 16 matches in the UEFA Champions League were drawn in December last year, FC Barcelona could certainly live quite well with the ‘SSC Napoli’ lottery. The “Partenopei” was at the time in Serie A in a real crisis of meaning, but could certainly cause a sensation on the international stage.
Napoli vs Barcelona Free Betting Tips
Just over two months later, the Neapolitans, led by Gennaro Gattuso, also found their way back on the national level. Four of the most recent five matches in the league have been victorious; in addition, the footballers from the foot of Vesuvius have a good chance of reaching the final in Coppa Italia. Consequently, the Napoli vs. Barcelona odds of the best bookmakers on home success have dropped somewhat.
On the opposite side, however, FC Barcelona is undoubtedly a world-class opponent who has also recently put two taps in time for the restart of the premier class. The football performance still does not necessarily meet the high expectations of those responsible, but there is hardly anything to complain about, at least with regard to the results.
However, because the “Blaugrana” has not won eight European games in Italy in the meantime and has also been having an extremely difficult time away, especially in the knockout phase, we would make a prediction for the first leg between Napoli and Barcelona Setien-Elf retire.
Napoli – Statistics & current form
Gennaro Gattuso has been in charge of the SSC Napoli since December 11th. While his era at the foot of Vesuvius started with three defeats from the first four competitive games, it was anything but good, but the former Italian international managed to turn things around in 2020.
The “Partenopei” won seven of the past nine matches at national level. Among other things, the 2006 world champion led the incumbent runner-up thanks to victories against Perugia and Lazio Rome into the semi-finals of Coppa Italia, where the first leg at Inter Milan was also won 1-0.
Gattuso has brought the “Partenopei” back on the road to success
In the league, the “Azzurri” jumped to sixth place due to the 2-1 win from last Friday in Brescia and have the renewed qualification for international business firmly in view. The mood in the Campanian capital is currently really good and the anticipation for the top class highlight on Tuesday is huge.
How inconvenient the Italians are to play in front of their own fans has already experienced the incumbent title holder from Liverpool this season. The “Reds” lost 0-2 in the group stage at San Paolo. Overall, the record in front of their home crowd with only six wins from twelve games in the premier class is average at best.
Napoli have never been in the quarter-finals of the premier class
To make matters worse, the light blue in the most important European club competition never reached the round of 16. In two out of six participations, the Neapolitans made it into the round of the last 16, but failed there in both 2012 and 2017 due to the eventual winner. Three years ago at Real Madrid and previously at Chelsea FC.
We assume that the home side will choose a cautious approach. Although the team has enormous potential on the offensive, it was Gattuso’s ultimate goal to get more stability on the defensive. Two “zero wins” from the most recent three matches as well as a 1-0 win over Lazio Rome or a 2-1 win over Juventus at the end of January underline the thesis that he succeeded.
Defense chief Kalidou Koulibaly’s loss continues to be serious. In addition, Kevin Malcuit definitely fails after a cruciate ligament tear. Otherwise Gattuso can draw from the full. Quite possible that on Tuesday he will have the same starting line-up as last Friday in Brescia. Potential options from the bank would be Callejon, Milik or Zielinski.
Probable lineup of Napoli:
↪ Ospina; Lorenzo, Manolas, Maksimovic, Rui; Ruiz, Demme, Elmas; Politano, Mertens, Insigne
Last games from Napoli:
⚽️ 02/21/2020 – Brescia vs. Napoli 1: 2 (Serie A) (W)
⚽️ 16.02.2020 – Cagliari Calcio vs. Napoli 0: 1 (Serie A) (W)
⚽️ 02/12/2020 – Inter Milan vs. Napoli 0: 1 (Coppa Italia) (W)
⚽️ 02/09/2020 – Napoli vs. Lecce 2: 3 (Serie A) (L)
⚽️ 02/03/2020 – Sampdoria vs. Napoli 2: 4 (Serie A) (W)
Barcelona – Statistics & current form
Just in time for the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League, the incumbent Spanish champions have taken the lead in La Liga again. The “Blaugrana” won 5-0 against Eibar at the weekend and ultimately benefited from Real Madrid’s defeat at Levante.
Before Sunday’s big showdown at “El Clásico” comes, Lionel Messi and his colleagues in Italy want to set the course for the quarter-finals of the premier class. If you are interested in the eternal duel between the two Spanish giants in advance, we recommend our “Derby Guide”.
Barcelona away in the Champions League only average
Although Barcelona is still listed as one of the top favorites on the handle pot by the reputable bookmakers in Germany, many experts are now skeptical whether the team under Quique Setien is actually able to receive the trophy for the first time since 2015.
The fact that the Red-Blue have won just six of the past 16 European away games speaks against it. The record is even more dramatic in knockout games, because there the Catalans have only celebrated one success in their recent eight appearances abroad. Five guest appearances were lost (two draws).
In view of this, it is a little surprising that the odds are quite clearly in favor of the Spanish league leaders before the duel between Napoli and Barcelona. However, the betting providers may also have been guided by other statistics, because in the past twelve round of 16 matches, Barca has always made the leap into the next round.
The Catalans are struggling with personnel problems
Although the team, led by the new coach Quique Setien, won seven of the previous nine games, until Saturday’s 5-0 win against Eibar, the team did not necessarily have the impression that the team had already internalized the coach’s impulses. Five of the seven successes, for example, were only one goal different.
Because Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez, two regular attackers, are injured and Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alaba will also be unavailable on Tuesday, a prediction of a fairly close match between Napoli and Barcelona seems obvious. It will be interesting to see whether Setien lets his youngster Ansu Fati off the leash or relies on the experienced Vidal on the left offensive side.
Probable lineup of Barcelona:
↪ Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Firpo; De Jong, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Griezmann, Vidal
Last games from Barcelona:
⚽️ 02/22/2020 – FC Barcelona vs. SD Eibar 5-0 (La Liga) (W)
⚽️ 02/15/2020 – FC Barcelona vs. Getafe 2-1 (La Liga) (W)
⚽️ 02/09/2020 – Betis Sevilla vs. FC Barcelona 2: 3 (La Liga) (W)
⚽️ 02/06/2020 – Athletic Bilbao vs. FC Barcelona 1- (Copa del Rey) (L)
⚽️ 02.02.2020 – FC Barcelona vs. Levante 2-1 (La Liga) (W)
Napoli vs Barcelona Direct comparison
With the exception of two friendly matches, which both ended in favor of FC Barcelona (4-0, 2-1) last year, the teams have never faced each other in a competitive European match. Our Napoli vs. Barcelona tip is not overly influenced by the direct comparison.
Nevertheless, it should be noted that the Neapolitans, for example, have all lost the last four knockout matches against Spanish clubs. However, the Catalans’ yield against Serie A representatives is not really better: Barca have been without a win in Italy (five draws, three defeats). The bottom line is the balance of Blaugrana in European appearances in the country of the world champion of 2006 after all balanced (7-11-7).
Napoli vs Barcelona Free Betting Tips Provided by CoreBet Tipsters
In the second week of the round of 16 first leg, there will be a clash between Napoli and Barcelona on Tuesday evening at the San Paolo stadium. When looking at the odds, it becomes clear that bookmakers continue to see the Catalan heavyweight as the favorite. Nevertheless, the odds have come slightly closer recently.
This is partly due to the fact that the Neapolitans have found their way back, won six of the last seven competitive games and, for example, also brought Juventus, Lazio Roma or Inter Milan to their knees. In the group phase, the Partenopei also managed a home win against the reigning titleholder Liverpool.
Napoli vs Barcelona Betting Odds & other interesting bets at a glance:
💡 Betting Tips: Over 2.5 goals
📈 Odds: 1.72
💡 Betting Tips: Under 2.5 goals
📈 Odds: 2.10
💡 Betting Tips: Both teams to score/ YES
📈 Odds: 1.61
💡 Betting Tips: Both teams to score/ NO
📈 Odds: 2.20
Key Facts – Napoli vs Barcelona tips
💫 Napoli have won six of their last seven competitive games
💫 Barcelona have only won one of their last eight appearances in the knockout phase
💫 The Catalans have been without a win for eight matches in Italy
Nevertheless, the guests from Catalonia are of course of solid quality, but they also have to be used profitably to achieve a good starting position. Because both teams have a lot of respect for each other, Barca did not always convince in terms of football, and Coach Setien also has to do without important regular players, we would not give a tip on the success of the guests on Tuesday evening.
Instead, a Napoli vs Barcelona tip on the Under 2.5. The Gattuso-Elf will primarily be careful to keep the zero as long as possible, so as not to suffer a neck blow early. We think a tight exit with a maximum of two goals is very likely.