Kick-off: 2000, 03/10/2018
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo
TV: BT Sport
Liverpool are in pole position in Champions League Group C after opening with a win over PSG but the timing of their trip to Napoli makes things tricky.
The Reds must travel to Italy in between huge Premier League games against Chelsea and Manchester City and that could put too much of a strain on Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Punters can get 12/5 for a home win at Stadio San Paolo and that is rated a tempting price for our first Napoli vs Liverpool prediction.
A Look At Napoli’s Betting Odds
Napoli may have paid the price for resting Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik when only drawing 0-0 away to pool outsiders Red Star Belgrade.
Both came off the bench in the second half, but last season’s Serie A runners-up had already failed to capitalise on some decent chances.
“We controlled the match and just missed the win,” commented Carlo Ancelotti. “It is hard to play against Red Star’s defence, but we had our one-on-one chances with the keeper.”
However, we haven’t forgotten how dangerous Napoli were at home in this competition last term, when convincingly beating Shakhtar and Feyenoord and impressing in a high-quality 4-2 loss to Manchester City.
Ancelotti has since replaced Maurizio Sarri but the vastly-experienced manager knows how to beat Liverpool in Europe, claiming three wins and a draw from four previous games against them.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
All of the good and bad about Liverpool under Klopp was on show in their 3-2 triumph over PSG at Anfield.
The Reds stormed into a 2-0 lead through Daniel Sturridge and a James Milner penalty but allowed the French outfit to get back into the game via goals from Thomas Meunier and Kylian Mbappe.
Substitute Roberto Firmino came to the rescue when snatching a dramatic winner in injury time, though, sending the fanatical Merseyside supporters wild.
Having reached the final last term, Sadio Mane said: “I think it’s a big result. It is very important for us to keep going on our good run.
“It was not an easy game because PSG are one of the best teams in the world, but we played very well and deserved to win.”
However, Liverpool also showed defensive frailties on the road in the group stage last term, drawing 3-3 at Sevilla and 1-1 at Spartak Moscow, as well as losing 4-2 at Roma in the semis.
If their focus does drop in between two such titanic domestic tussles, 11/1 for a 2-1 home win here is worth adding to our Napoli vs Liverpool betting tips.
Klopp has rotated his midfield so far this season and one of Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson or James Milner could make way for Naby Keita, who was only a substitute on Saturday.
Adam Lallana did not travel with the squad as he continues his rehabilitation from a groin problem.
Last Champions League result:
Red Star 0-0 NAPOLI
LIVERPOOL 3-2 PSG – Daniel Sturridge, James Milner (pen), Roberto Firmino
Head-to-head: Liverpool 3-1 Napoli, Napoli 0-0 Liverpool
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