The first leg tie between Napoli and Barcelona at the Stadio San Paolo was an interesting encounter, both sides looked extremely well matched on their way to sharing the spoils with a 1-1 draw – and today’s return fixture promises to be just as keenly contested.
Barcelona have looked defensively vulnerable in the Champions League, keeping just one clean sheet in their last six games in the tournament since early October, and Napoli, who notched at least once in six of their seven UCL fixtures to date, have the final third quality to cause numerous headaches for their hosts today.
Keeping a Barcelona team out that registered in 22 of their 24 home games this season at the other end should prove extremely tough for a Napoli rearguard that kept just three clean sheets in their last 18 away matches however.
The aforementioned factors at play make the both teams to score market an extremely attractive option at the odds quoted, and when you consider that both teams found the net in five of Barca’s last six and in four of Napoli’s last five Champions League assignments, that market looks the smartest avenue of approach for today’s showpiece second leg.
Prediction 2-1 in favour of Barcelona. Both team to score.