Barcelona vs Napoli Prediction and Betting Preview 08 Aug 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 3-1
Having gotten off to a flyer, Barcelona looked to be strolling to another La Liga title win, with little or no challenge from the likes of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. They had taken the league by storm once again, and were edging closer to a successful defense of the title.
Match status: 2019/20 Champions League - Play Offs - 1/8-finals
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona)
However, following the coronavirus outbreak in March, sporting activities were brought to a half with immediate effect. After a three-month hiatus, the Spanish La Liga resumed as LFP resolved to games being played behind closed doors.

Barcelona returned to the pitch but struggled to really get going. Perhaps, the extended break had done more harm than good to the players as they looked completely out-of-sorts. Unfortunately for Barca, their decline coincided with Real Madrid’s upturn in form.

While Barca were floundering, Madrid embarked on a ten-game winning run – one that propelled them to the summit, clinching the league title in the process. Barca will now turn their attentions to the CL, looking to secure a victory in this second-leg last-16 fixture against Napoli at Camp Nou.

Barcelona vs Napoli Team News

Cules must have been biting their fingers as they watched their side relinquish top-spot to archrivals Real Madrid, ultimately gifting the La Liga title to Los Blancos. Falling to pick up maximum points even against the weakest of oppositions, Barcelona looked a shadow of their former selves.

The Blaugrana are yet to pick up a single piece of silverware this season, much to the dismay of the club supporters. With pressure growing on head coach Quique Setien, the Spanish gaffer will be hoping to secure the Champions League trophy to get the press off his back for the time-being.

Following their domestic league disappointments, Barcelona should be fired-up ahead of this Saturday’s clash against Napoli as they look to put their La Liga woes behind them. Consistency being their main problem, the Blaugrana will be required to get their wits about them if they are to go all the way.

Pitted in Group F of the Champions League, alongside fellow European giants, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan, Setien’s charges managed to finish top of the pile, accruing a staggering 14 points from 6 games. 

Meanwhile, Napoli were made to endure a torrid league campaign, finishing seventh on the log, a whopping 18 points adrift the Champions League places. Struggling to find their rhythm, Gli Azzurri could not muster continental qualification, and will likely be without European football next term.
For all their struggles in the Serie A, Napoli have been excellent in the Champions League, remaining unbeaten in all their fixtures so far.

Unfortunately for them, they have failed to get past this stage of the competition, sent crashing out by Chelsea and Real Madrid over the past two seasons.

Playing host to Barcelona in the first-leg of this last-16 fixture, Dries Mertens fired Napoli ahead very early in the game. However, Antoine Griezmann brought scores level later on, as the visitors grabbed a vital away goal ahead of this reverse fixture.

To quote a stat, the Blaugrana have remained unbeaten in their previous 35 Champions League fixtures on home turf, and have not admitted defeat to any Serie A outfit in each of their preceding 15 clashes against them, securing 12 victories in that time.

Injured or Suspended Players

Barcelona: Samuel Umtiti, Jean-Clair Todibo, Ronald Araujo and Sergio Busquets.

Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne.

Pre-Match Odds

Barcelona: 1.65
Draw: 4.34
Napoli: 5.55

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

Who will win the match?

Barcelona vs Napoli Predictions

Truth be told, Barcelona have not been entirely convincing this season. While they are yet to pick up a single trophy this season, Napoli have stashed a piece of silverware in the cabinet – defeating Juventus in the Coppa Italia final to claim the trophy.< br>
In a bid to salvage what has been a horrific campaign, Barca will be extra motivated to reach the latter stages of this competition. Surely, they are not losing this one. Expect Lionel Messi to lead his side to a rather comfortable win over Gli Azzurri here.
Our Betting Tip:
Barca Win & Over 2.5 @ 2.26
Correct Score:
Barcelona 3-0 Napoli @ 12.00

Predicted Score-Related Betting Tips

Both Teams To Score:
BTTS - No @ 2.15
Match Winner:
Barcelona Win @ 1.66
Over 2.5 @ 1.65
Team Goals:
Home Over 2.5 @ 2.83
Messi to Score @ 1.80
Away -1.5 AH @ 2.72
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