EUROPA: Champions League - Qualifiers
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
For many years Italian Serie A and the French Ligue 1is represented in the main UEFA tournament by three teams. That is, here two top-class football countries from Europe are in absolutely equal conditions.
And now, at last round of qualifiers the teams of Italy and France are playing with each other according to the results of the last season. This means that one of the countries will surely lose one participant at the stage of the next group tournament.
Napoli Italy (the head coach Maurizio Sarri)
According to the majority of experts and football analytics the favorite of this new Italian-French battle is the club from Napoli. Firstly, the coach of Azzurri Maurizio Sarri has amazing squad which is headed by Marek Hamšík and José María Callejón. And secondly, for today Napoli is much more experienced than its French opponent by the number of played matches at the European Champion Clubs’ Cup.
Nice, France (the head coach Lucien Favre)
In favor of the hosts of the Stadio San Paolo speaks the factor of playing the first meeting at their huge 60 000 arena. During this match Azzurri can score Nice two-three unanswered goals and it would be very difficult to pull a goal back.
Last week the famous Holland playmaker Wesley Sneijder became the new football player of Nice. But in order to get used to the new team and, all the more, in absolutely new for Wesley French championship he needs some time.
But the leader of attack of the French club - Mario Balotelli, the former goalscorer of the national team of Italy is still injured and that is why won’t be able to help Nice this time. So, all factors now speak in favor of the team of Maurizio Sarri. And as we have already said, the team from Napoli is the bright favorite both for the first match and the whole two-matches battle.
Napoli – 1.30, draw – 5.25, Nice –10.00;
tip: Napoli (Asian handicap -1,5) - odds 1.91 SBOBET