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Napoli vs Barcelona Predictions & Tips – Close Match to End in a Draw in the Champions League

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Last updated: 19 Feb 2024
Vedran Ostojic 19 Feb 2024
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  • Napoli vs Barcelona predictions for Wednesday's match
  • Napoli have won just 5 of their 12 home games in Serie A
  • 5 of the last 6 head to head meetings have seen BTTS
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Barcelona have drawn 2 of their last 4 matches against Napoli (Getty)

Napoli vs Barcelona Preview 


Both sides have been struggling in their respective divisions this season, especially Napoli who won 10 of their 24 Serie A matches. I expect to see a close match to end in a draw and BTTS in Italy. 
  • Napoli vs Barcelona Preview 
  • Head to Head 
  • Napoli Form 
  • Napoli Injuries & Team News 
  • Barcelona Form 
  • Barcelona Injuries & Team News 

  • Napoli have drawn 2 of their last 4 matches. 
  • Napoli are winless in 5 of their last 8 matches (Champions League). 
  • Napoli have seen BTTS in 5 of their last 6 matches against Barcelona. 
  • Barcelona are winless in 7 of their last 10 away matches (Champions League). 
  • Barcelona have drawn 2 of their last 4 matches against Napoli. 
  • Barcelona have seen BTTS in 8 of their last 9 matches. 

Head to Head 


Barcelona have a 5-1 advantage against Napoli with 2 draws in 8 matches. 

They last met in February 2022, the game being won by Barcelona 4-2 in Naples. 

Napoli Form 


Napoli are having an extremely disappointing season so far in Serie A where they currently sit in 9th place with 36 points collected through 24 matches, having almost no chance to defend the title, while also being behind in the Top 4 race. 

Walter Mazzarri’s side underperformed last weekend, failing to beat Genoa at home with the match ending without a winner 1-1 despite having 1.47-0.23 expected goals, 74% possession and 25-6 shots. They barely avoided a loss with Cyril Ngonge scoring a late equalizer. One round before that, Napoli were defeated at San Siro by AC Milan 1-0. 

As for their appearances in the UEFA Champions League, the reigning Italian champions ended 2nd in Group C with 10 points (3 wins, 1 draw, 2 defeats), behind Real Madrid, ahead of Sporting Braga and Union Berlin. 

Napoli Injuries & Team News 


There are no injured or suspended players for Napoli ahead of this clash. 

Barcelona Form 


Barcelona are also struggling on their domestic scene, being 3rd in La Liga eight points behind the leaders Real Madrid, while also dropping out of Copa del Rey after an unexpected loss against Athletic Bilbao. 

Blaugrana claimed three points last weekend in a dramatic finish against Celta Vigo 2-1 with Robert Lewandowski scoring a brace, including a winner in the 98th minute. They needed a good reaction after a disappointing 3-3 home draw against table strugglers Granada earlier this month. 

Xavi Hernandez’s side suffered two unexpected losses in the UEFA Champions League against Antwerp 3-2 and Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0, but still advanced as Group H winners with 12 points ahead of Porto. 

Barcelona Injuries & Team News 


Gavi, Alejandro Balde, Marcos Alonso, Joao Felix, Ferran Torres and Sergi Roberto are injured. 

Verdict

Napoli have been struggling with inconsistency, failing to connect two straight wins in Serie A since September 2023. Barcelona can’t be trusted at the moment due to a same reason, so I am backing draw with BTTS in Italy. 

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