Napoli v Liverpool Champions League preview and tips

21:00 Wed 03 Oct
Champions League
Tip: 2
Units: 1/5
Odds: -100

Carlo Ancelotti cut an exasperated figure in Belgrade during Napoli’s Champions League Group C opener, with last season’s Serie A runner-up failing to break the deadlock and missing an opportunity to steal a march on Paris Saint-Germain who lost at Anfield.

Now comes the tricky task of having to face a Liverpool side who are among the favourites to win the competition after a convincing victory over a PSG team who somehow clawed the game back to 2-2 before the Merseyside team left with the spoils.

This is a game that Napoli realistically need to win ahead of a double header against Paris Saint-Germain, although it’s hard to work out whether to attack Liverpool from the off or adopt a more pragmatic style of play and try to edge the encounter.

Ancelotti is a wily operator when it comes to top level European football, with his team having already enjoyed home wins over Milan and Fiorentina, while they also claimed a victory at Lazio.

The team isn’t noticeably different to the one that finished second domestically last season, although living with this Liverpool side could prove beyond them considering how strong the Reds look this season.

They have enjoyed a flying start to the campaign which has seen them sweep all before them, with the defence looking extremely strong and the full-backs are lending a helping hand when it comes to attacking.

James Milner has probably been the stand-out player of the season thus far, with Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita likely to be battling it out with Gini Wijnaldum for the other midfield spots. 

Mohamed Salah isn’t enjoying the same level of form that saw him plunder bundles of goals last term, although he’s still capable of snapping up chances alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. This just looks like the complete package.

Liverpool to win @ 2.00 with bet365

Team News

Napoli: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Liverpool: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
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    David Ospina
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    Mario Rui
  • 26
    Kalidou Koulibaly
  • 33
    Raul Albiol
  • 19
    Nikola Maksimovic
  • 08
    Fabián Ruiz Peña
  • 17
    Marek Hamsik
  • 05
    Allan Marques Loureiro
  • 24
    Lorenzo Insigne
  • 99
    Arkadiusz Milik
  • 07
    Jose Maria Callejon
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  • 66
    Trent Alexander-Arnold
  • 12
    Joe Gomez
  • 04
    Virgil Van Dijk
  • 26
    Andrew Robertson
  • 07
    James Milner
  • 05
    Georginio Wijnaldum
  • 08
    Naby Keita
  • 11
    Mohamed Salah
  • 09
    Roberto Firmino
  • 10
    Sadio Mané