Champions League Betting Tip: Napoli vs Liverpool

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Two strongest teams of Group E will meet tonight as Napoli welcome reigning European champions Liverpool, and here you can have a look at our Champions League Betting Tip for this encounter. Liverpool beat Napoli 1-0 last season in the final round of group stage to progress to the 1/8 finals and later won the competition, so the Blues will try to get revenge in this one. The Reds are at the top of the Premier League and are in a better form at the moment, but facing Napoli at San Paolo is never easy.

Napoli vs Liverpool Champions League Betting Tip

  • UEFA Champions League
  • Stadio San Paolo, Naples
  • Tuesday 17 September
  • 21:00 CET

Napoli Team News and Latest Form

Napoli could not have wished for a tougher start to their Champions League campaign as reigning champions Liverpool pay a visit to the Stadio San Paolo. Duellists in last season’s group stage, each won their H2H home fixture 1-0.

The Neapolitans were unbeaten at home in the group stage last season (W2, D1), but historically, they have won just four of their previous nine UCL home matches (D2, L3 – qualification excluded). Contrarily, they’ve traditionally been strong at home against English opponents in European competitions (W5, D1, L2). However, they have lost two of their last three here, and five of the previous six in total.

Dries Mertens has scored three goals in Napoli’s first three competitive matches, with two of them coming in the first half. Four of Napoli’s six Champions League group stage matches in 2018/19 produced under 2.5 goals.

Carlo Ancelotti is only without defender Elseid Hysaj who is out with a muscle injury.

Liverpool Team News and Latest Form

Liverpool, meanwhile, almost had their Champions League-winning adventure of 2018/19 cut short by poor results away from home. In last season’s group stage, they lost all matches while scoring just a single goal, before improving somewhat in the knockout stages (W1, D1, L1).

Encouragingly for them, the Reds have won their opening five matches in the league. Going forward, they’ve scored 3.0 goals on average from those five league matches. Defensively though, they have looked more vulnerable, as six of seven competitive games so far have seen both teams score.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah scored against Napoli last season, and has four in five PL matches, with three arriving after the break. Over two-thirds (70.59%) of the goals in Liverpool’s seven competitive games, this season have come in the 15th-60th-minute interval.

Jurgen Klopp cannot count on Alisson (calf), Divock Origi (ankle), and Nathaniel Clyne (knee). Andy Robertson (knock) and Naby Keita (muscle) are listed as doubtful to face Napoli tonight.

Napoli vs Liverpool Head to Head

These rivals have met four times in competitive matches and Liverpool are currently leading H2H duels with two wins while Napoli have one victory. That lone win came last season at this venue when Lorenzo Insigne scored the last-minute goal to make it 1-0.

Napoli vs Liverpool Champions League Betting Pick

Liverpool’s away form in the Champions League is concerning, and even though they are slight favourites here, I won’t back them to get three points tonight. Although only one of the previous four H2H tilts produced goals on both ends, my Champions League Betting Tip for this encounter is BTTS at 1.60 (-166). This one could go either way, which makes it hard to predict a winner, so my additional pick for this clash is Anytime Draw at 1.85 (-120). Check out our other UCL betting tip for tonight’s clash between Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona.

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