With the 2019/20 football season well underway, attention turns to the Champions League group phase which kicks off in its normal September slot.
Liverpool, the reigning champions, will surely be delighted with their draw, which sees them paired with Napoli, Genk and Red Bull Salzburg in Group E.
The Merseysiders have every right to feel bullish about their chances. They have reached the Champions League final in each of the last two years, and last spring they got their hands on the trophy by demolishing English rivals Tottenham in the final.
As if they needed any further motivation, this season’s Champions League conclusion will be hosted by Istanbul: the city which saw Liverpool’s miraculous victory in this very competition back in 2005 – the so-called ‘Miracle in Istanbul’, and they also won the Super Cup here earlier in the campaign.
Their toughest test of the group phase will surely come in their first game, with the trip to Naples to take on Napoli on September 17. The two teams were actually drawn together in last season’s Champions League group, where they shared 1-0 wins on home soil.
In this Napoli vs Liverpool preview we will analyse whether another 1-0 home win is on the cards – spoiler alert: probably not, and try to uncover some Napoli vs Liverpool predictions that we can use in our betting for this exciting clash.
1. Napoli vs Liverpool Betting Odds
The bookmakers have published their Napoli vs Liverpool betting odds, and in them they make the reigning champions of Europe a narrow favourite.
Liverpool can be backed at a price of 2.25 in Naples, with the draw available at 2.50.
And anyone fancying a bet on an underdog on home soil can get a price of 3.00 on Napoli.
2. Napoli vs Liverpool Betting Tips
It’s rare that we have such recent matches to use as inspiration for two teams from different countries.
But the two games played between Napoli and Liverpool can be used as a marker for the clash in Naples in September too.
Both were 1-0 victories for the home team, with Lorenzo Insigne netting a late winner for the Italians in the first encounter before Mo Salah got revenge for the Reds at Anfield.
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But what was so surprising was how readily Napoli dominated Liverpool at the San Paolo Stadium. They had more possession, won more corners, fired in more shots at goal and hit the woodwork, as the English team failed to register a single shot on target.
The shoe was on the other foot in the return match at Anfield where Liverpool were the dominant force, and perhaps the conclusion we can draw is that the away team gave their opponents too much respect on both occasions they met last term.
Napoli are managed by a wily campaigner in Carlo Ancelotti, who has plenty of success to his name in the Champions League, and his summer transfer business – bringing in Hirving Lozano and Konstantinos Manolas, without losing any key men – was another step forward for the club.
They have gotten off to a strange start in Serie A, however. In their opening game they managed to beat Fiorentina 4-3, which was a topsy-turvy game in which four goals were scored in 15 second half minutes.
And then next time out against Juventus they were on the wrong end of a 3-4 scoreline. They were 0-3 down after an hour, before a rousing comeback and goals from Manolas, Lozano and Di Lorenzo brought them level. However, the Naples outfit was crushed when Kalidou Koulibaly put through his own goal in the last minute of the game.
As for Liverpool, they couldn’t have wished for a more level-headed start in the English Premier League. Four games, four wins, twelve goals….it’s business as usual for the Reds.
Their effervescent front three of Salah, Mane and Firmino is already amongst the goals, and while Jurgen Klopp was quiet in the transfer market in the summer he didn’t really need to add too much to a squad that won this competition last season.
So, if we make our Napoli vs Liverpool betting tips based on this season’s performances, we would probably make Liverpool a warm favourite based upon how much more solid they are than Napoli in defence.
But then, we have to remember that last season it was the home team which dominated games between these two sides.
It’s a contest that is almost too close to call, and the smart thing to do in these situations is back the draw at 2.50. If you wanted to push the envelope a bit more, you could back the draw and Both Teams to Score line at odds of 4.33.
3. Napoli vs Liverpool Live Stream
When you decide on you Napoli vs Liverpool predictions you can start looking where you can watch the match online.
Usually 1XBET prepares for their players a Champions League live stream section, so we hope that this year it will be no different. You can register there via Bonuscodes links and get access to a lot of football matches all over the world.