Napoli and Barcelona will decide who will advance to the 1/8 finals of the Europa League. It’s a pity, of course, to lose any of these teams already at this stage of the European Cup. This couple, many would be happy to see in the final of the LE.
In their first meeting, many expected a confident victory for Barcelona. Still, the Catalans are not used to playing in the Europa League. Much more often, they took to the field under the anthem of the Champions League. However, now it is no longer the “great” Barcelona. The club is under reconstruction. Even the victory in the Europa League will now be a success for the Xavi team.
Find out more football predictions for today as we always choose the most exciting matches for your attention. But Napoli is strong enough now. Even last season, one could talk about their small chances in a similar game. However, this season the Spalletti team looks very good, fighting for the Scudetto. The Neapolitans are rightfully one of the strongest in Italy at the moment. So Barcelona will not be so easy here.
Although it is worth noting that in their first match, Barcelona looked better. Despite the draw at the end of 90 minutes, the Catalans played enough to win. It can be seen that the players have a structure; many combinations were played by the Blaugrana. In our opinion, Xavi has already influenced the changes in the club quite a lot.
The teams played different matches in the home championships over the weekend. Barcelona has achieved a confident victory over Valencia (4:1). And Napoli could not beat one of the outsiders of Serie A – Cagliari (1:1). In our opinion, the Neapolitans could save up strength for the second leg in the European Cup. We think Napoli’s home arena can play a big role now. It was hard for the club at the filled Camp Nou. But now the players will feel more confident. Plus, Spalletti, of course, has much more experience than Xavi. So we don’t think that Napoli will allow Barcelona to play some of their fake combinations.
Read more: Chelsea — Lille: UCL playoff match prediction.
In general, we do not think that Barcelona will definitely reach the 1/8 finals of the Europa League. We will even offer such a bet – the handicap (0) for Napoli. The odds for such a prediction are around 2.05. To win more with huge bonuses, higher odds, and without risks – visit our betting sites for football rankings page. A fresh review of the most reliable offers for Indian bettors will be helpful for you.