SSC Napoli vs Real Madrid Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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SSC Napoli vs Real Madrid Match Prediction

By Dean Carr

Napoli welcome Real Madrid to the Stadio San Paolo on 07/03/17 as the home side look to cause an upset in the second leg of their last 16 Champions League tie. Napoli will have taken confidence from a big result from the weekend, as they beat Roma 2-1 away from home in Serie A. Real Madrid meanwhile were emphatic in their beating of Eibar, winning a clinical display 4-1. Read on for a full match preview complete with betting tips and predictions.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Real Madrid are in a commanding but far from comfortable position coming into this one, with an early Napoli goal putting a completely different complexion on the tie. That said, they have great experience at this level and I’m expecting them to have enough in the tank to progress to the quarter-finals.

Real Madrid win - 11/8

Cristian Ronaldo to score anytime - 4/5

Draw HT - Real Madrid FT - 5/1

Napoli Preview

Napoli bounced back from two defeats on the bounce in the perfect fashion last time out, beating top-three rivals Roma 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico. Dries Mertens struck in each half to give Napoli a two-goal lead after fifty minutes, as the Belgian maintained his fantastic form for the season. Their resistance from there on in appeared it would not waiver until the eighty-ninth minute, as Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman struck to make for an interesting finish to the game. The victory saw Napoli move to within two points of Roma in the Serie A table and kept the breathing space between themselves and chasers Atalanta and Lazio, both of whom have their eyes set on closing the gap on the current third-placed side. Napoli took the lead in the Bernabeu in the first leg through a ludicrous finish from Lorenzo Insigne, highlighting how the quality available to them can trouble Real in an instant. Mertens will again be the main threat in a Napoli shirt, having scored an impressive twenty-two goals in all competitions this term, including four in the Champions League. When playing as a centre-forward, the 29-year-old has scored seventeen goals in eighteen appearances and has thrived from a more central role this term. On the contrary to their league form, Napoli have managed just one win from four home games in Europe this season.

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Real Madrid Preview

Real Madrid were comfortable winners against Eibar last time out, winning 4-1 as they look to return to the top of the La Liga table once more. This victory kept them within a point of leaders Barcelona, while they still retain a game in hand on the Catalan giants. A fantastic first-half saw Real kill the game by the interval, with Karim Benzema’s double and James Rodriguez’s strike putting them three goals to the good by the break. Young winger Marco Asensio made it four on the hour mark, before Ruben Pena added a consolation for the home side. The respect Zinedine Zidane has for this Napoli side was evident in his team selection for Eibar, resting the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, Isco and Marcelo in preparation for what will be a tough second leg. Gareth Bale, too, will be fresh for this one after missing out through suspension. Real are unbeaten in their last eleven Champions League games, last losing away to Wolfsburg in last season’s quarter-final en route to winning the competition last term. They are still attempting to become the first side to win the Champions League two years running and will believe they have every chance of completing a La Liga and Champions League double this season. After winning 2-0 in Italy away to Roma in last season’s round of 16, a similar result this term would certainly suffice for Los Blancos.

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Napoli Team News

Lorenzo Tonelli (knock) will be assessed before a decision is made on his involvement here. Dries Mertens (calf) should be fit to start, although Arkadiusz Milik could feature if the Belgian doesn’t feature.

Real Madrid Team News

Raphael Varane (hamstring) is ruled out for Real, and remains their only injury concern. Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are all set to start after missing out at the weekend.

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

SSC Napoli saw over 1.5 goals in 2 out of their last 2 games played against Real Madrid

Real Madrid scored over 2.5 goals in 5 out of their last 10 games played

Real Madrid are undefeated in all of their last 2 games against SSC Napoli

AVG Goals

2

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

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)

W A

23-09-2018

Serie A

Torino Team Logo Torino

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

Real Madrid Form Guide

Real Madrid Team Logo

Real Madrid

Won

8

Draw

1

Lost

1
W H

04-08-2018

Champions Cup

Juventus Team Logo Juventus

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

08-08-2018

Champions Cup

Roma Team Logo Roma

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

11-08-2018

Club Friendlies

AC Milan Team Logo AC Milan

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

L H

15-08-2018

UEFA Super Cup

Atletico Madrid Team Logo Atletico Madrid

FT 2 - 4

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

19-08-2018

Primera Division

Getafe Team Logo Getafe

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

26-08-2018

Primera Division

Girona Team Logo Girona

FT 1 - 4

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

01-09-2018

Primera Division

Leganes Team Logo Leganes

FT 4 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

15-09-2018

Primera Division

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo Athletic Bilbao

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

19-09-2018

Champions League Grp. G

Roma Team Logo Roma

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

22-09-2018

Primera Division

Espanyol Team Logo Espanyol

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

SSC Napoli Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.5

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

Real Madrid Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.5

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 Real Madrid Sidelined Players

SSC Napoli
Real Madrid
5 Raphael Varane Injured
15 Fabio Coentrao Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Pepe Reina 188 92
31 RB Faouzi Ghoulam 186 78
26 CD Kalidou Koulibaly 195 89
2 LB Elseid Hysaj 182 70
33 CD Raul Albiol 190 82
17 CM Marek Hamsik 183 79
42 CM Amadou Diawara 184 74
5 CM Allan 173 73
24 RF Lorenzo Insigne 163 59
14 CF Dries Mertens 169 61
7 LF Jose Maria Callejon 179 73
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Keylor Navas 185 80
12 RB Marcelo 174 80
4 CD Sergio Ramos 183 75
2 LB Daniel Carvajal 173 73
3 CD Pepe 188 81
14 CM Casemiro 185 84
19 CM Luka Modric 174 66
8 CM Toni Kroos 182 78
9 CF Karim Benzema 187 79
11 LF Gareth Bale 183 74
7 RF Cristiano Ronaldo 185 80