Sam WattNapoli vs Liverpool, Tuesday September 17th, 20:00, San Paolo Stadium. A rematch from last season’s Champions League as Carlo Ancelotti and his Napoli side play host to holders Liverpool in a game that promises to be extremely exciting for neutrals.
The Reds will be seen as favourites for this game but it may not be as cut and dry as many are expecting. It may be safer to side with a tight Liverpool win or a score draw, with a 2-2 an outside bet that may be worth a bet.
Going by the bookies, Liverpool are clear favourites for this game so many people will be lumping cash on them to win so it may be worth looking at a score draw, especially a 2-2, which is among the best online betting odds for this midweek round of action. 888sport have it as 21/2 so it might be worth a little look.
These are lengthy odds for an outcome which is more probable than they reflect, due to the strength Liverpool have at scoring late on in game as we saw on multiple occasions last season. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see both sides sit back a little, before Liverpool go for the jugular in the second 45 minutes, with this bet rated at 24/5 by 888sport.
Head to Head
These two sides have only ever met four times in their history and all four games have come within the last decade. Napoli have won one game, Liverpool have won twice and there’s only been one draw.
The first game came in October of 2010 in a 0-0 draw in the Europa League when Liverpool, led by Roy Hodgson, fielded luminaries such as Paul Konchesky, David N’Gog and Jay Spearing.
Liverpool won the return fixture 3-1 thanks to a hat trick from captain Steven Gerrard at Anfield, with Ezequiel Lavezzi scoring the only Napoli goal.
Napoli’s only win came in last season’s Champions League as they beat Jurgen Klopp’s side 1-0 thanks to a goal in the dying embers of the game from Lorenzo Insigne.
But Liverpool would have the last laugh as they won 1-0 back at Anfield to send them through to the knockout stages and put Napoli into the Europa League, where they were then beaten by Arsenal.
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