Napoli vs. Liverpool Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 07, 2022 21:00 CET
In one of the derbies of the first round of the new UEFA Champions League season, Napoli will host Liverpool at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium. The start of the match is scheduled for 21:00.
For the third time in the last five seasons, these two teams will play in the same group. The hosts are still undefeated in official matches in the current competition year, while Liverpool have still been looking for continuity of good games and positive results.
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Luciano Spalletti’s men achieved three wins and two draws in the first five rounds of the Italian championship. They beat Verona 5-2 and Monza 4-0, drew with Fiorentina 0-0 and Lecce 1-1, and last weekend achieved an important road win at Lazio 2-1.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is a real hit of the Italian championship. The Georgian winger has already scored four goals for his new club and is one of the top scorers in Serie A. He arrived from Dinamo Batumi this summer and was unknown to the general football public.
Apart from him, another summer signing immediately brought an immediate improvement in the team’s game. Kim Min-Jae has improved stability and discipline in the defensive line, so it can be said that the team’s management has done a great job in the summer market.
On the other hand, Liverpool’s form is quite debatable. In the first six rounds of the Premier League, they recorded more draws than wins, which is a bit disappointing. Many saw the Reds as the main contenders for the title, but the quality of their play is currently far from optimal.
The expensively paid Darwin Nunez has not yet adjusted to the new environment and new teammates. Mohamed Salah is not as effective as in previous seasons, and Sadio Mane is no longer part of the roster, which has already affected the team’s play. Luis Diaz is a constant threat to opposing defenses, but team chemistry needs to be at a higher level in order to keep winning.
Coach Jurgen Klopp is still without Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Jordan Henderson, while Thiago Alcantara has started training with the rest of the squad and will travel with the rest of the squad to Naples.
These two teams have played four games against each other in the last five UEFA Champions League seasons. Liverpool won twice, Napoli once, while there was no winner in one duel.
Napoli (4-3-3): Meret; Di Lorenzo, Kim, Rrahmani, Rui; Zielinski, Zambo Anguissa, Lobotka; Politano, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold; Fabinho, Arthur, Elliott; Diaz, Salah, Nunez
We expect an open and dynamic match. Both teams have very dangerous strikers, so we believe that this will be an extremely effective clash. We anticipate that Liverpool’s attack will finally be at the required level and that the Reds will score two or three goals.
Prediction: Liverpool Will Score 2-3 Goals – Yes