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Napoli vs Barcelona prediction, free betting tips & odds

Date: Wednesday 21st February 2024
Kick-Off:  20:00 UK 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona
TV: TNT Sports

Napoli vs Barcelona: Top free betting tips

Italian giants Napoli are set to host Spanish giants Barcelona in this Champions League first-leg match in the round of 16. Napoli enters this fixture with just one victory from their previous five matches, drawing twice and losing twice. Their most recent result was a 1-1 draw at home against Genoa. Xavi's Barcelona side has won three of their previous four matches against Celta Vigo, Deportivo Alaves and Osasuna as well as earning a 3-3 draw against Granada.

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The Stadio Diego Armando Maradona stadium, home of Napoli – Photo by Icon Sport

Both teams to score prediction: Yes

Barcelona has seen both teams fail to score in their games just twice from their previous seventeen matches, scoring thirty-nine times and conceding thirty-seven times in those seventeen matches. The Italian side does not tend to score or concede as many as the Catalan side does but with no clean sheets from their previous three matches, we can see Barcelona breaking down this Napoli side.

Total goals prediction: Over 2.5 goals

Ever since Xavi came back through the doors at Barcelona to manage the club, Barcelona have been weak defensively but strong offensively. Eighty-three of Xavi's 126 matches in charge at Barcelona have seen 2.5 goals or more scored, an incredible record. Napoli so far in Seria A this season averaged over two goals scored and conceded combined.

Correct score prediction: Napoli 2-2 Barcelona

Napoli has failed to beat Barcelona in their previous six matches with Napoli failing to keep a clean sheet in those six and Barcelona failing to keep a clean sheet in the last four matches. Both teams have scored in five of the previous six matches also. We are struggling to pick a winner for this match as both sides can be very hot or cold but we can see the score being a high-scoring affair.

Napoli vs Barcelona team news

Napoli predicted lineup vs Barcelona

The big news coming out of Naples is that star striker Victor Osimhen is doubtful for this match. The Nigerian is not 100% match-ready after enduring a difficult AFCON with his nation which saw him enter the tournament not fully fit and leave the tournament arguably worse off. However, Osimhen is determined and has shown in the past that he will play through any pain to help his team. Anguissa, Elmas and Olivera are also all injured.

Meret; Natan, Jesus, Rrhamani, Di Lorenzo, Cajuste; Lobotka, Zeilinski; Politano, Oshimen, Kvaratskhelia

Barcelona predicted lineup vs Napoli

Xavi will still be without Gavi, Ferran Torres and Marcos Alonso who have all missed a few matches at least thus far while Sergi Roberto is a doubt for this match. Roberto has not played since the 24th of January when Barca exited the Copa Del Rey at the hands of Athletic Club.

Pena; Cancelo, Kounde, Araujo, Balde; Pedri, De Jong, Gundongan; Raphinha, Lewandoski, Felix

Napoli vs Barcelona: What the fans think

Napoli celebrates the birthday of Giacomo Raspadori

Xavi is happy with the contribution of youngster Lamine Yamal

How far will Barcelona fans travel to Naples?

There are many ways to travel from Spain to Italy. Several train and bus services link up mainland Europe. However, those journeys will take around a full day and we believe that almost all away fans will opt to fly to Italy. 

The flight time between Barcelona in Spain and Naples in Italy is around two hours, which is much better than spending more than a full day in a car or on one of Europe's many coaches.

Napoli vs Barcelona: Tickets

The only way to purchase tickets for Napoli vs Barcelona in the Champions League is online. There are still plenty of tickets available and websites like www.safeticketcompare.com and seatpick.com as well as the official websites for both clubs are the best websites to use to purchase tickets. The cheapest tickets on offer cost around £105 and there are still some of those left for sale. 

FAQs regarding Napoli vs Barcelona

What was Napoli's previous result? 1-1 draw against Genoa.
What was Barcelona's previous result? 2-1 win against Celta Vigo.
What was the previous head-to-head result? In February 2022, Barcelona beat Napoli 4-2.
Who will be Napoli's key man? Victor Osimhen.
Who will be Barcelona's key man?  Pedri.


Callum Jones-Bowman

Callum is fairly new to writing having been a football scout since 2019 but since having a baby with his wife in late 2022, he has chosen this new career path to ensure he can be a hands on father while still being involved in his biggest passion - football.

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