The second leg of the Barcelona vs Napoli Champions League last-16 tie (Saturday 8 August) is likely to earn the winner a quarterfinal against Bayern Munich, who take a 3-0 lead into their second leg against Chelsea. The bookies make Barcelona around 4/6 (1.66) to make the most of home advantage, but the Catalan’s camp is far from harmonious and our tip is for Napoli to qualify for qualify for the next round.
Barcelona Manager Quique Setien has failed to live up to his nickname ‘El Maestro’ and will surely be replaced by either Mauricio Pochettino or Ronald Koeman if he fails to win the Champions League. He may still go even if he does.
The problem for Setien is he has failed to inspire his team to win the most important matches this season, failing to beat Real Madrid when they needed to close the gap on the La Liga winners. They also lost to Atletico in the Spanish Super Cup and were humbled in the fifth round of the Copa Del Ray.
Admittedly, Napoli haven’t lived up to last year’s high standards in Serie A this season, and seventh place will rank as a big disappointment. But they did show battling qualities to hold Juventus to a 1-1 draw in the Coppa Italia Final before lifting the trophy after a penalty shootout.
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, another draw was tempting at 3/1 (4.00) or bigger, but the 9/4 (3.25) about Napoli to qualify covers both the Italians winning in 90-minutes or in extra-time. A 3-1 win over Lazio on the final day of the season, which stooped Lazio finishing third, should have also boosted their confidence. A potential quarterfinal against Bayern should be another big motivation.
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