Kick-off: 2000, 17/09/2019
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo
TV: BT Sport
Liverpool will face familiar foes when beginning the defence of their Champions League crown with a tricky trip to Napoli in Group E.
The Reds were beaten 1-0 at Stadio San Paolo during last season’s pool stage and had to survive a dramatic late scare when shading the return fixture by the same scoreline.
Carlo Ancelotti will have his side fired up for this contest and 21/10 for the hosts to prevail is tempting enough to be our initial Napoli vs Liverpool prediction.
A Look At Napoli’s Betting Odds
Napoli only finished below Liverpool due to scoring fewer goals in that section, with both teams trailing PSG by two points.
The Italian outfit drew twice with the French aristocrats and took four points off Red Star, beating the basement dwellers 3-1 at this venue.
Subsequently losing twice to Arsenal in the Europa League quarter-finals is a concern, but we don’t believe the Partenopei took that tournament as seriously as the Gunners.
Ancelotti’s men went on to finish as runners-up in Serie A for a second straight season and have already shown their well-being this term by testing Juventus in a 4-3 Turin defeat, in between beating Fiorentina and Sampdoria.
Lorenzo Insigne grabbed the stoppage-time winner against Liverpool here last term and still features in a strong line-up, although he has been troubled by an injury problem.
However, in addition to Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon, Napoli now have flying Mexico winger Hirving Lozano and former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente to call on.
Kostas Manolas was brought in from Roma to play alongside Kalidou Koulibaly at the back, but the emphasis has been on attack so far.
That makes 4/1 for a home win and both teams to score take the eye from the Napoli vs Liverpool odds.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Mohamed Salah claimed the only goal of the game when Napoli visited Anfield on Matchday 6 last term, but the real match winner was Alisson, who made a superb save to deny Arkadiusz Milik.
The Reds certainly made the most of that reprieve, going on to beat Bayern Munich, Porto and Barcelona during the knockout rounds before brushing aside Spurs 2-0 in the Madrid decider.
However, their overall away form was mixed, losing on the road to PSG, Red Star and Barca after that early setback in Naples.
Jurgen Klopp will obviously be keen to chase a seventh European Cup triumph, but he may also have one eye on a tough Premier League trip to Chelsea five days later.
The visitors have started the current campaign in confident fashion, but a calf injury to Alisson could leave them exposed in a clash like this.
“Napoli are obviously a very experienced side and their coach Carlo Ancelotti has won the competition,” said Klopp when the draw was made.
We just feel the timing of this fixture favours the Italian outfit and 21/2 for a 2-1 home win completes our Napoli vs Liverpool betting tips.
NAPOLI 2-0 Sampdoria – Mertens (2)
LIVERPOOL 3-1 Newcastle – Mane (2), Salah
Head-to-head: Liverpool 1-0 Napoli, Napoli 1-0 Liverpool, Liverpool 3-1 Napoli, Napoli 0-0 Liverpool
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