19:45 GMT 07 March 2017
After a 3-1 win for Real Madrid in the first leg of this UEFA Champions League last 16 tie, Napoli will be hoping to defy the odds and beat the current Champions League holders. An away goal for Napoli in the first leg, that came courtesy of Lorenzo Insigne’s superb long shot, could prove to be vital if they are to get through to the next round. The visitors did well to come from a goal down to get 3 goals, the 3rd was a fantastic volley from an unlikely source, which was Casemiro.
The two sides have only met once in European competition and this was in the first leg of this contest, which Real Madrid won 3-1. However, Napoli can take a lot of positives from the result as they played some great football and scored an excellent goal.
To have a decent chance of progression to the next round of the Champions League, Napoli are going to have to attack right from the start and get at least one goal before half time. To do this they will need a fully available squad for the game, which they have been blessed with. With only one doubt for the fixture (Lorenzo Tonelli), they should have a great shot at beating the current holders.
Latest matches: SSC Napoli
|04.03.2017||Seri||AS Roma||SSC Napoli||1:2||W|
|28.02.2017||Copp||Juventus Turin||SSC Napoli||3:1||L|
|25.02.2017||Seri||SSC Napoli||Atalanta Bergamasca||0:2||L|
|19.02.2017||Seri||AC Chievo Verona||SSC Napoli||1:3||W|
|15.02.2017||UEFA||Real Madrid||SSC Napoli||3:1||L|
Real Madrid certainly have the quality to hold onto their two-goal lead in the second leg but defensive solidarity will be vital. The absences of Raphael Varane and Fabio Coentrao shouldn’t be too costly as Pepe and Marcelo are more than capable of taking the centre-back and left-back positions.
Latest matches: Real Madrid
|04.03.2017||LaLi||SD Eibar||Real Madrid||1:4||W|
|01.03.2017||LaLi||Real Madrid||Las Palmas UD||3:3||D|
|26.02.2017||LaLi||Villarreal CF||Real Madrid||2:3||W|
|22.02.2017||LaLi||Valencia CF||Real Madrid||2:1||L|
|18.02.2017||LaLi||Real Madrid||Espanyol Barcelona||2:0||W|
Real Madrid are fully expected to make it through to the Champions League quarter-final but they may struggle to get a win on the night. A win on the night would be brilliant for Napoli but they will need to win by at least 2 goals to have any hope of going through, which will be a great ask against Real Madrid. The visitors are definitely favourites heading into this one.
07 March 2017 - 19:45 GMT
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