The Champions League resumes with it second round of group stage matches, so we bring you the most accurate Napoli v Liverpool prediction. Group C can easily be labelled as the “group of death” as these two top teams are accompanies by PSG and Red Start Belgrade. The Reds won the opener against the Parisians 3:2 with a late goal, while Napoli disappointed in Serbia as the ended in a goalless draw. Given the opening results, the Italians will be eager to get a win here, in order to maintain their chances of progressing to the next stage.
The most obvious Napoli v Liverpool prediction for the match in Naples on October 3rd, 2018, is for a high scoring game with over 2.5 goals. Both teams love to attack and play the type of football that even fans worldwide love. This is what the game should be all about – scoring goals and show out skills on the pitch. Just don’t tell that to Jose Mourinho. However, that’s now news to the bookies and they have set up the odds accordingly. The odds for over 2.5 goals are around 1.70 depending on where you lay your money at. Yet, this is one of the best betting picks for today as it looks highly likely to pay off.
Analyzing the squads are the essence of any betting pick and that goes out for this Napoli v Liverpool prediction as well. There are no major injury concerns for both Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp. They are the type of managers that like to stick to the same squad for the big matches, so we don’t expect to see any real surprises in their starting lineups compared to what they have put up so far this season. Perhaps the only question for Ancelotti would be choosing between Mertens and Milik. Mertens has more pace and that could spell trouble for the tall Liverpool central defenders in Van Dijk and Gomez, who should be able to handle Milik more easily. That’s why one of our Napoli vs Liverpool predictions is for Mertens to get the starting nod. The scheme for both sides should be the same as well – 4-3-3. Napoli will have Mertens, Insigne, Callejon up front – the same trio that featured in the 3-1 loss against Juve on Saturday. Liverpool will stick with their fantastic three of Mane, Firmino and Salah.
All eyes will be on the Egyptian, who will be looking to get out of his mini crisis and start scoring regularly again. You could tell that his confidence has gone down a bit and he is missing some good chances that he used to convert last year. However, his pace is still there, his movement is there, so the goals will come. In fact, he has already scored and assisted on several time this season, but he has set the bar so high that fans and pundits have started to question his performances. I think that it’s all good with Mo. You just can’t expect him to score 40 goals every year. What he did last season was just incredible and it’s practically impossible to repeat.
Napoli: Ospina, Hysai, Albiol, Koulibaly, Rui, Callejon, Allan, Zielinski, Hamsik, Mertens, Insigne
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Keita, Wijnaidum, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Napoli v Liverpool prediction: We expect a high scoring game with both teams finding the back of the net.