SSC Napoli vs Nice Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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SSC Napoli vs Nice Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

SSC Napoli will be aiming to kick off their 2017/18 competitive season brightly when they welcome Nice at the Stadio San Paolo on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie. SSC Napoli haven’t played an official fixture yet, but they come into this tie on the back of a 2-0 home win over Espanyol in a friendly game last week, with Dries Mertens and Raul Albiol scoring the goals for the Partenopei. On the contrary, Nice suffered a 1-2 home loss at the hands of Troyes in Ligue 1 at the weekend, with Alassane Plea scoring their consolation goal from the spot just after the hour mark. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Napoli should be able to pick up a comfortable victory here as they looked very good in pre-season while Nice are currently on a poor run of form. Furthermore, Napoli have only lost twice in their last 20 home fixtures across all competitions and have scored at least two goals in 14 of these.

Asian Handicap -1,-1.5 on SSC Napoli at 4/6

SSC Napoli to score in both halves at 10/11

SSC Napoli saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

SSC Napoli have conceeded only 3 goals in their last 4 games against Nice

Nice saw over 1.5 goals in 4 out of their last 4 games played against SSC Napoli

AVG Goals

0.7

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

SSC Napoli Form Guide

SSC Napoli Team Logo

SSC Napoli

Won

6

Draw

1

Lost

3
W H

22-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Carpi Team Logo Carpi

FT 5 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

29-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Chievo Verona Team Logo Chievo Verona

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

04-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Liverpool Team Logo Liverpool

FT 5 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

07-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Borussia Dortmund Team Logo Borussia Dortmund

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

L A

11-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Wolfsburg Team Logo Wolfsburg

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

18-08-2018

Serie A

Lazio Team Logo Lazio

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

25-08-2018

Serie A

AC Milan Team Logo AC Milan

FT 3 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

02-09-2018

Serie A

Sampdoria Team Logo Sampdoria

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

15-09-2018

Serie A

Fiorentina Team Logo Fiorentina

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

18-09-2018

Champions League Grp. C

FK Crvena Zvezda Team Logo FK Crvena Zvezda

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Nice Form Guide

Nice Team Logo

Nice

Won

2

Draw

2

Lost

6
L H

14-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Sporting CP Team Logo Sporting CP

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

21-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Sporting Charleroi Team Logo Sporting Charleroi

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Torino Team Logo Torino

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

04-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Saint-Etienne Team Logo Saint-Etienne

FT 3 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

L H

11-08-2018

Ligue 1

Reims Team Logo Reims

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

18-08-2018

Ligue 1

Caen Team Logo Caen

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

25-08-2018

Ligue 1

Dijon Team Logo Dijon

FT 0 - 4

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

31-08-2018

Ligue 1

Lyon Team Logo Lyon

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

14-09-2018

Ligue 1

Rennes Team Logo Rennes

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

22-09-2018

Ligue 1

Montpellier Team Logo Montpellier

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

SSC Napoli Preview

This will be Napoli’s first official game of the new 2017/18 competitive season, but they looked pretty solid in pre-season. The Partenopei have only lost one in eight friendlies, and they managed to pick up an impressive 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in this term. Napoli finished third in the Serie A table last term, just one point behind the runner-ups Roma. The Partenopei looked incredibly strong going forward in the Serie A last season, scoring 94 goals in 38 league fixtures. Maurizio Sarri’s men will be looking to reach the Champions League group stage for the 4th time after their appearances in 2011/12, 2013/14 and 2016/17 seasons. Last season, the Partenopei reached the round of 16 when they were thrashed 2-6 by Real Madrid. The bad news is that Napoli have struggled for form at home in the Champions League over the past year, as they have lost two and drawn once in their last three home fixtures. However, their recent home form has been solid as they are undefeated in the last ten home fixtures across all competitions. Not only have they managed to keep their best players at the club this summer, but they have also strengthened the squad with the additions of Nikola Maksimovic from Torino, Marko Rog from Dinamo Zagreb and Adam Ounas from Bordeaux for a total fee of €43 million. In addition, they also brought in Mario Rui on loan from Roma.

SSC Napoli Team News

Napoli have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this tie.

Nice Preview

Meanwhile, Nice looked good in pre-season, but their recent form across all competitions have been awful. They qualified for this stage of the competition only due to the away goal rule after their 3-3 aggregate draw against Ajax in the previous qualifying round. The most worrying fact is that Nice kicked off their Ligue 1 campaign with back-to-back defeats at the hands of Saint-Etienne and the newly-promoted Troyes, scoring just once in this term. This leaves Nice only in 15th in the Ligue 1 table with no points to their name after two rounds. This means that Nice are travelling to Naples low on confidence and they are facing a Napoli team who have only lost twice in their last 21 European fixtures. Furthermore, this is Nice’s first Champions League campaign and just their 3rd in the European competitions overall. Last season, Nice finished at the bottom of their Europa League group table, which was the first time when they participated in the group stage of the competition. Away from home, Nice have endured a mixed run of form over the past four months, registering three defeats, three draws and three wins in their last nine games across all competitions.

Nice Team News

Mounir Obbadi, Mickael Le Bihan and Mario Balotelli are all doubts, while Wylan Cyprien is missing through a cruciate ligament injury.

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SSC Napoli Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.7

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Nice Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.6

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

SSC Napoli vs Nice Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Pepe Reina 188 92
23 LB Elseid Hysaj 182 70
33 CD Raul Albiol 190 82
26 CD Kalidou Koulibaly 195 89
31 RB Faouzi Ghoulam 186 78
5 CM Allan 173 73
8 CM Jorginho 180 65
17 CM Marek Hamsik 183 79
7 LF Jose Maria Callejon 179 73
14 CF Dries Mertens 169 61
24 RF Lorenzo Insigne 163 59
No. Pos Player M kg
30 GK Yoan Cardinale 181 84
2 LB Arnaud Souquet 174 70
31 CD Dante 187 82
20 CD Maxime Le Marchand 185 72
23 RB Malang Sarr 180 70
26 CM Vincent Koziello 168 61
6 CM Jean Michael Seri 168 67
24 CM Christophe Jallet 178 70
8 LF Pierre Lees-Melou 185 67
14 CF Alassane Plea 180 65
7 RF Allan Saint-Maximin 173 67