Liverpool v Napoli Champions League betting preview and tips

21:00 Tue 11 Dec
Football
Europe
Champions League
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Units: 1/5
Odds: +375

Just because Liverpool need to win their final Champions League group game doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. 

Napoli have remained unbeaten through the group stage thus far and nearly scored a 2-1 win at the Parc des Princes, with the Italian side then drawing 1-1 at home to Paris Saint-Germain.

The 1-0 win over Liverpool in Naples means that Carlo Ancelotti’s side simply need to avoid defeat in order to go through to the last sixteen stage, while a 2-1 or 3-2 reverse would also be enough to qualify.

Jurgen Klopp was an unhappy man after his Liverpool team lost in Paris recently, although that is three away defeats during the group stage and it puts enormous pressure on the outcome of this Anfield clash.

The Reds have triumphed twice at Anfield against PSG and Red Star although this match carries a different kind of pressure and the home side will be wary of the counter-attacking threat of Napoli who will go out to score the goal which will mean Liverpool need to score three.

While there have been so many “famous European nights” at Anfield, there’s a danger of underestimating a team who are second best in a competitive Serie A and it’s fair to say that the Liverpool attack hasn’t been at their 2017/18 best in the Champions League thus far.

At the time of writing, Napoli have not lost a match since 29 September when they were turned over 3-1 by Juventus and that’s now a run of ten games and counting, with the manager likely to rest key players for the visit of Frosinone on 8 December.

Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens are enjoying excellent campaigns, while the defensive stoutness of Kalidou Koulibaly means that Liverpool might just fall short.

BETTING TIP
Draw @ 4.75 with bet365

Team News

Liverpool: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Napoli: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 13
    Alisson
  • 26
    Andrew Robertson
  • 04
    Virgil Van Dijk
  • 32
    Joel Matip
  • 66
    Trent Alexander-Arnold
  • 07
    James Milner
  • 14
    Jordan Henderson
  • 05
    Georginio Wijnaldum
  • 10
    Sadio Mané
  • 09
    Roberto Firmino
  • 11
    Mohamed Salah
  • 25
    David Ospina
  • 19
    Nikola Maksimovic
  • 33
    Raul Albiol
  • 26
    Kalidou Koulibaly
  • 06
    Mario Rui
  • 05
    Allan Marques Loureiro
  • 17
    Marek Hamsik
  • 08
    Fabián Ruiz Peña
  • 07
    Jose Maria Callejon
  • 14
    Dries Mertens
  • 24
    Lorenzo Insigne