EUROPA: Champions League – Group Stage
Match start: 21:45(GMT+2)
According to the results of last October week-end Italian Napoli and English Manchester City in frames of their national championships had gained another victories and that is why had strengthen their status of leaders.
Now the Azzurri and the Citizens are facing the second meeting for the last two weeks at the group stage of the Champions League. The teams of Maurizio Sarri and Josep Guardiola have absolutely different tournament positions:
Manchester City – 9, Shakhtar – 6, Napoli – 3, Feyenoord – 0;
Napoli Italy (the head coach Maurizio Sarri)
Two away defeats to Shakhtar Donetsk (2:1) and Manchester City (2:1) and one victory over Feyenoord, Holland (3:1) had complicated the situation for Napoli. And because of this reason, the hosts of Stadio San Paolo need to gain the victory during home battle against leaders. In other circumstances, the team of Maurizio Sarri can easily become the further participants of the Europa League.
Manchester City (the head coach Josep Guardiola)
But now the phrase “possible victory over Manchester City” sounds a little bit strange as it is practically impossible to win over the football car of Josep Guardiola.
During the last round of EPL the Citizens had won over West Bromwich Albion (2:3) thanks to accurate shots of Leroy Sane, Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling and are still heading the tournament bracket, being ahead of Manchester United with 5 points (28 against 23).
The squad losses of both rivals are well known. The starting line-up of the Azzurri is lacking for a long time the Polish center forward Arkadiusz Milik and the bid of Josep Guardiola has no injured Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy. But we doubt that these losses can prevent two leaders of their national championships to show the high level football.
Napoli – 2.75, draw – 3.80, Manchester City – 2.50;
Our tip: Total under 3.5 - odds 1.66 5Dimes