Barcelona vs Napoli
Stadium: Camp Nou
Betting Odds: Barcelona 1.57; Draw 4.20 ; Napoli 5.50
Probability of Win: Barcelona 61%; Draw 22% ; Napoli 17%
- Barcelona are set to face Napoli in the second leg at the Nou Camp with the aggregate score 1-1.
- Barcelona failed only once (out of previous 19 occasions) to progress into next round after avoiding away defeat in Champions League.
- Napoli have previously won only one away match out of 10 away matches that they have played in Champions League. But they did not lose any away match this season.
Predicted XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Roberto, Rakitic, De Jong; Messi; Suarez, Griezmann
Doubtful: Lenglet (groin), Griezmann (thigh), Ronald Araujo (ankle)
Unavailable: Busquets (suspended), Vidal (suspended), Dembele (fitness), Umtiti (knee)
Misses next game if booked: Griezmann, Messi, Semedo
Barca played out a draw in the first leg against Napoli however they managed to score a crucial away goal, which was scored by Antoine Griezmann.
Since the restart, Barca’s journey in La Liga came to a disappointing end, losing out the title to arch-rivals Real Madrid.
Barca manager Quique Setien has been under scrutiny lately after slipping up the title chance in La Liga.
Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal are facing suspension while Frenkie de Jong has recovered fully. Riqui Puig is expected to play a crucial role in Saturday’s fixture as he has been impressive since the restart. The 20-year-old midfielder caught the eyes of many after some impressive displays with Barca.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann look to be the preferred starts while Ansu Fati is expected to sit out the bench. Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet will be the starters in defence, with Samuel Umtiti being left out of the squad due to injury.
Predicted XI: Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Mário Rui; Fabián Ruiz, Demme, Zieliński; Callejón, Mertens, Insigne
Doubtful: Maksimović (ankle), Insigne (adductors)
Misses next game if booked: Koulibaly, Mário Rui
Napoli are aiming to take a leaf out of Roma’s book with the hopes to end the Champions League hopes of Barcelona.
Napoli have been productive under Genarro Gatusso after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked, winning an array of matches in Serie A as well as the Coppa Italia.
Napoli would like to rely on some of the key figures – Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne, Fabian Ruiz and Kalidou Koulibaly.