Napoli vs Barcelona Prediction UCL Picks 2/21

Napoli vs Barcelona Prediction UCL Picks 2/21

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UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Preview

Napoli vs Barcelona

The 2023-24 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 features an exciting clash between Napoli and Barcelona. Scheduled for February 21, 2024, at 1:00 PM local time, the match will be hosted at the iconic Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples, Italy.

 

Odds

Time Team Moneyline Total Spread
1:00 PM Napoli +146 Over 2.5 (-130) +0.5 (-165)
1:00 PM Barcelona +190 Under 2.5 (+120) -0.5 (+120)
1:00 PM Draw +255 N/A N/A

 

Preview

Barcelona returns to the Champions League knockout stage after a two-year hiatus, aiming to make an impact under the guidance of coach Xavi Hernandez. Meanwhile, Napoli seeks to establish their dominance against the Spanish giants in this highly anticipated encounter.

 

Napoli

Napoli comes into this fixture after a series of mixed results in Serie A. Despite recent draws against Genoa and Lazio, Napoli has showcased resilience, demonstrated by victories over Hellas Verona and a commendable performance against AC Milan.

Key players such as Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Piotr Zielinski will play pivotal roles in Napoli's attacking endeavors, while their defensive line will strive to contain Barcelona's formidable frontline.

 

Barcelona

Under the stewardship of coach Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona approaches this match with confidence despite recent draws against Granada and Celta Vigo in La Liga. With attacking talents like Ferran Torres and João Félix, Barcelona poses a significant threat to Napoli's defense.

Barcelona's midfield maestro, Ilkay Gündogan, will be instrumental in dictating the tempo of the game and supplying ammunition to their forwards.

 

Team Statistics

  Napoli Barcelona
Total Goals 10 12
Goal Difference 1 6
Assists 5 10
Goals Against 9 6

 

Head To Head Record

Last Five Games Date Competition
Napoli 2 - 4 Barcelona Feb 24, 2022 UEFA Europa League
Barcelona 1 - 1 Napoli Feb 17, 2022 UEFA Europa League
Barcelona 3 - 1 Napoli Aug 8, 2020 UEFA Champions League
Napoli 1 - 1 Barcelona Feb 25, 2020 UEFA Champions League
Napoli 0 - 4 Barcelona Aug 10, 2019 Club Friendly

 

Prediction

Given the attacking prowess of both Napoli and Barcelona, as well as their recent defensive vulnerabilities, the pick for this match is Both Teams to Score (-160).

Both teams have demonstrated their ability to find the back of the net consistently, and with key players on both sides capable of creating scoring opportunities, goals are expected from both Napoli and Barcelona.

Expect an entertaining clash with both teams showcasing their offensive capabilities, resulting in goals scored by both sides.

 

Pick: Both teams to score -160

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