Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Serie A leaders to avenge Ukraine loss
Odds: Napoli 2/5, Draw 4/1, Shakhtar 25/4
Kick Off: 1945, 21/11/2017
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo
TV: BT Sport
Napoli face an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages but can keep their hopes alive by accounting for Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Italian outfit have only picked up one win against Group F whipping boys Feyenoord so far but are worth siding with on their outstanding Serie A form.
Defensive frailties have hurt them in Europe, so we like 8/5 for a home win and both teams to score in our Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips.
A Look At Napoli’s Betting Odds
Napoli recovered from being edged out 2-1 by Shakhtar in the Ukraine when registering a smooth 3-1 success over Feyenoord at Stadio San Paolo.
However, they are on the back foot again following a couple of losses to Manchester City, even if they did perform with great credit in both of those entertaining encounters.
After going down 4-2 at home to City, Lorenzo Insigne declared: “I think we dominated the best team in Europe for large parts of the game. We have to restart from there. If we play like this, we can still qualify.”
With Napoli currently top of Serie A following 11 wins and two draws in 13 games, scoring 34 goals in the process, it would be a shame to see them suffer an early exit.
Italy striker Insigne has netted first in both home fixtures in this competition and appeals at 4/1 to open the scoring again in the Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk odds.
A Look At Shakhtar Donetsk’s Betting Odds
Shakhtar followed up their home win over Napoli by also playing well in defeat versus City, creating some decent chances in a 2-0 reversal at Etihad Stadium.
The Pitmen continued to produce some fine football when beating Feyenoord 2-1 away and then 3-1 in the return fixture, putting them six points clear of Napoli in second place.
We reckon the visitors will find Napoli much harder to handle in Italy, but they will look to capitalise on the hosts being without a couple of key defenders, with Faouzi Ghoulam injured and Kalidou Koulibaly suspended.
Napoli lack height, making them vulnerable at set-pieces, and Facundo Ferreyra nodded in a goal against them in the first encounter, as well as heading against the post.
We’re rounding off our Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips by taking 9/4 for the Argentine forward to net at any time in Naples.
Last Champions League result:
NAPOLI 2-2 Man City – Lorenzo Insigne, Jorginho Frello (pen)
SHAKHTAR 3-1 Feyenoord – Facundo Ferreyra, Marlos (2)
Head-to-head: Shakhtar 2-1 Napoli
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