SSC Napoli - FC Barcelona betting tip & odds comparison 24.02.2022
Matchday 2 in the Europa League features the clash between Napoli and FC Barcelona at Diego Maradona. The referee for this fixture (Feb 24, 2022 at 9:00 PM) will be Sergey Gennadyevich Karasev. In our preview of Napoli vs. FC Barcelona, you will receive all the important details and facts about this Europa League fixture. We will begin with an analysis of the current form of the two teams.
Napoli have won 3 of their last 5 league matches (3 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat. In the previous 3 home games in the Europa League season 2021/2022, Napoli have won 2 matches, 0 games ended in a draw, and 1 game in defeat. (Goal difference 8:5).
Out of the last five Europa League encounters between the two teams, Napoli won 0. In 2 matches the points between the two sides were shared, and 3 times FC Barcelona got the win. If we look at the home record of Napoli against FC Barcelona, the stats are as follows: 0 wins Napoli, 1 draw and 1 win FC Barcelona.
Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Napoli and Barcelona will slug it out in Italy on Thursday for a ticket to the next round of the Europa League. With the tie evenly poised, both teams have a lot to play for to keep their European Journey alive.
For Barcelona, they will look to avoid last week’s profligacy in front of goal. For Napoli, they will hope to avoid being dumped out of the Europa League at this stage for the fourth time in seven seasons.
Last time out, Napoli failed to take advantage of Inter’s shock 2-0 home loss to Sassuolo. As a result, they remain in third position after Victor Osimhen’s 87th-minute header rescued a point at struggling Cagliari.
While they will be disappointed, they will draw inspiration from the fact that the title is still within reach
On Thursday, attention will shift to the Europa League where Napoli have progressed from all eight of their previous knockout ties after drawing the first leg away from home.
In addition, they will be energized heading to this tie because since 2017 when Real beat them 3-1 at home, the Italian side haven’t lost to any Spanish side in 9 European games on home soil, winning 6, drawing 3.
Based on this, we expect Spalleti’s men to put up a stern fight.
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If Barca had been more clinical in the first leg, they would have probably taken full control of this game. In this second leg tie, they will count on Aubameyang’s new found form which bagged him a hat trick against Valencia last time out.
Although the Europa League is an unfamiliar territory and possibly an unwanted trophy for Barca, it still remains the only chance of winning a silverware this season. Hence, this tie is a must win for Xavi’s men.
- Di Lorenzo
- Coach Luciano Spalletti
- MISSING PLAYERS Lozano (Shoulder) Politano (Calf) Insigne (Thigh) Lobotka (Muscle) Anguissa (Groin)
- Ter Stegen
- Coach Xavi
- MISSING PLAYERS Umtiti (Foot), Fati (Hamstring), Depay (Hamstring)
OUR NAPOLI Vs BARCELONA PREDICTIONS
With the tie still open and considering both sides lack of clean sheets in recent games, we expect both teams to score. Bet365 offers odd of 1.66 for this betting strategy.
Furthermore, with away goals out of the picture, we expect both sides to approach the game with intense attack, with this, we believe goals will be scored early. Therefore, we are going with over 1.5 first half goals for our second tip.
We believe there is huge value in Melbet’s odd of 2.72 for this market.