Carlo Ancelotti’s men are 9/4 favourites, with the Reds tipped at measley 11/10 odds, despite impressing in their victory against Thomas Tuchel’s Paris-Saint Germaine in their first Champions League outing this season. A draw between the two sides is wagering at 13/5, but given the attacking prowess present in both sides, we’re expecting an goal-fest this Wednesday.Napoli vs Liverpool Live Match Streaming | Uefa Champions League 2018/19
Napoli vs Liverpool Live Match Streaming
- Tuesday 11th December
Jurgen Klopp’s side will be wary of Napoli’s counterattacking style of play- one filled with pace, skill and strength. They faced a similarly arduous task against PSG, but when presented with keeping Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe in check, they emerged as euphoric victors, cementing a 3-2 win against the Perisians.
Key to their victory was the efforts of their front three: Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firminho and Sadio Mane. Salah didn’t make it onto the score-sheet, but worked just as hard as the other two, and in our Napoli vs Liverpool predictions, our betting tipsters have tipped him to come up with the goods against the Ciucciarelli, with a forecast of 7/2. Meanwhile, Ancelotti’s side possess firepower of their own in Dries Merten and Lorenzo Insigne, a dynamic and pacey duo.
Mertens has scored twice in his first three Serie A starts, and his ability to hold onto the ball and dribble through the defence seamlessly will be a threat to Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk-led defence. Liverpool have faced Napoli only twice before, with both matches taking place in the 2010 Europa League campaign. Now manager of Rangers, Steven Gerrard scored a memorable hat-trick against the Italian side to send his team into the last 16 rounds of the Cup.
Yet if the Reds are to repeat the successes of the past they will need to nullify Napoli’s blistering attack, and press high up the pitch to snatch back possession in dangerous positions. Based on pre-match verdicts, we’ve favoured the Reds to channel the feats of 2010 come Wednesday. He has been directly involved in nine of Napoli’s last 14 Champions League goals at the San Paolo, scoring six and assisting three. The Belgian is our pick to score against the Reds with odds of 6/1, and if there any bets in our Napoli vs Liverpool predictions that seem worth the money, this one might be it.
After match-day one ended in a dramatic for Liverpool against a star-studded PSG line-up, we’ve made them our pick to win by two goals to one. Make no mistake, Napoli will be hard to contain on home turf, and Liverpool’s reshuffled starting eleven may struggle against a more potent lineup from the Ciucciarelli. But with odds of 15/2, our Napoli vs Liverpool predictions see the Reds emerging with a narrow win. Perhaps a safer bet would be to wager on a 2-2 draw, with the odds trending at 10/1, but for those of our customers feeling more confident in Klopp’s side, a final score of 2-1 is certainly the way to go.
Napoli’s rise back to prominence in Italian football has been a great thing to see from the perspective of a neutral, but it’s obvious that they’ve got a few clear goals they haven’t been able to reach lately: going far in the Champions League, and pipping Juventus to the Serie A title. Both are very realistic goals and while it may take them a while to get there, we feel as if they’re closer than they ever have been before. The squad they possess is capable of big things, and it’s just a case of piecing it all together.
Some people felt as if Liverpool would fall back out of relevancy in the wake of their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, but that couldn’t have been further from the truth. They’ve continued to grow as a squad under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp, and while their main focus may be capturing the Premier League title for the first time, another trip to European football’s biggest game certainly doesn’t seem outside the realms of possibility.
For a while on Saturday, it looked like Napoli might once again make Serie A interesting and give us a title race after Dries Mertens scored to put them in the lead. The Belgian striker has started the season a little slowly, and they will be hoping he can kick on starting here, especially after the 0-0 draw in Serbia. Jose Callejon is another to watch. The Spanish winger has already picked up three assists in Serie A play this term, and he will be a menace to a Liverpool side that love to get forward and don’t always track back very well.
Because of Sturridge’s form recently, he could and should start here. He’s scored in just about every match in which he has gotten a legitimate chance to do so thus far, and his goal against Chelsea shows that he might just be back at his best once again after so many years in the wilderness. Goalkeeper Alisson is the other key man to watch. The former Roma man will know what playing in Naples is all about, and it will be his job to marshal his side and to take the air out of the ball whenever possible.