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Real Madrid v Napoli meet on Wednesday (19:45, UK time) at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the first leg of the Last 16 Round of the Champions League. The current title holders have a huge team in front of them to continue in the knock-out stage in the competition.
Real Madrid v Napoli Preview
Real Madrid receive Napoli on Wednesday in a big clash at Bernabéu. Los Blancos continue top of the table in La Liga after beating Osasuna on Saturday. However, Real Madrid suffered to get the three points and they’re leaving some doubts in the last few weeks of competitions.
Zidane has the full squad available except for Gareth Bale and Danilo. Therefore, he can change the formation and use again the 4-3-3 with Lucas Vázquez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema in the front. Toni Kroos will also be in the pitch from the beginning after his suspension in La Liga.
Napoli are in great form and they’re a real threat for Los Blancos. The Italian side hasn’t lost a game since October and they top the group ahead Besiktas or Benfica. Tonelli is the only injury concern although Milik is not expected to start after returning from a long injury.
Real Madrid v Napoli Predicted Line Ups
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kross, Lucas, Cristiano and Benzema.
Napoli (4-3-3): Reina; Koulibaly, Albiol, Ghoulam, Hysaj, Jorginho, Hamsik, Allan, Callejón. Mertens and Insigne.
Real Madrid v Napoli Betting Tips
Real Madrid have won 6, drawn 2 and lost 2 games out of the last 10.
Napoli have won 8, drawn 2 and lost 0 of the last 10 games.
In the last 10 games, Real Madrid have scored an average of 2,4 goals and have received an average of 1,3 goals.
In the last 10 games, Napoli have scored an average of 2,9 goals per game and have conceded 1,2 goals per game.
There have been over 2,5 goals in 9 of the last 10 Real Madrid games.
There have been 2,5 goals in 97of the last 10 Napoli games.
Real Madrid v Napoli Prediction
This is a very tough game for Real Madrid. Napoli are in great form and, offensively, they have really good players. However, Bernabéu should be tough for a team that also has defensive problems. We want to trust Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema to score a few goals and get a good result to travel to San Paolo. We expect a game with a lot of goals, although Real Madrid played quite defensively with Zidane in the knock-out stage round last season.
Last team both teams met was in 1987 with Diego Armando Maradona playing for Napoli. Los Blancos won (2-0) at Santiago Bernabéu in a game played behind closed doors and they were able to draw at San Paolo thanks to a goal by Butragueño to go through the next stage.
Free Betting Tips
Real Madrid to win 4/7 at Bet365.
Over 2,5 goals 4/7 at Bet365.
Real Madrid to win 3-1 at 10/1 with Bet365.