Liverpool vs Napoli: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Tuesday, December 11th 2018, @22:00
When the Champions League group stage was drawn, all eyes turned to Group C and so far, it’s more than lived up to the hype – unlike so many vaunted games of football. The Napoli, PSG and Liverpool dynamic has duly delivered with each team delivering blows to one another. Even the supposed bottom feeder of the group, Red Star Belgrade, is still in with a chance of finishing third, which is at least helpful for betting sites’ odds on qualification.
As for the Napoli’s trip to Liverpool, it’s going to be surely be a closely contested affair. Both Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti are top tier tacticians and there will be no gaps in the others’ game plan to exploit.
With not much in the two teams, this one will likely be decided by the team who makes one simple error. Anfield has a history of famous European nights and if the crowd are up for this one like they were for the Manchester City game last season, Napoli could be pressurized into a multitude of errors.
Both sides have immense attacking quality and if one team scores early, the game could explode into life. Liverpool are better at exploding into life – 2-1 to Klopp’s side.
- Over 2.5 goals
Considering that both of these sides are incredibly gifted in the attacking sense as well as this being essentially a winner takes all match, you can expect goals. If one of these sides gets the go ahead goal, the other will have to go all-out attack thus opening the game up. From a statistical standpoint, there have been over 2.5 goals in 13 of Liverpool’s last 16 Champions League games as well.
- Liverpool and both teams to score
Everybody knows that Anfield on a Champions League night is special, let alone in must-win games. The crowd will be pumped up for this one and Liverpool have the superior XI which should be enough to put them through. However, Napoli grabbing at least one is more probable than not.
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Head to Head
Aside from their meeting in Naples in early October, Liverpool and Napoli have only met in a competitive setting twice before, in the 2010-11 Europa League group stages.
At Anfield Liverpool won 3-1 thanks to a hat-trick from club legend Steven Gerrard after Ezequiel Lavezzi gave Napoli the lead. Both clubs drew blanks in the reverse fixture.
- Liverpool average the least amount of interceptions per game in the competition with 6.4.
- Napoli have had the joint most shots within the six yard box with eight.
- No player has had more shots from outside of the box than Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz with 13.
- Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk averages 4.8 aerial duels every Champions League game, the fifth most out of any player in the competition.