Barcelona: Team information, current form, absent
Barcelona is struggling a lot this season. Setien does not seem to be the optimal choice for the technical bench and has little chance to continue on the Camp Nou. The Catalans failed to keep up with Real Madrid and thus lost the LaLiga title. They didn’t have much luck in the King’s Cup either, being eliminated by Bilbao. Thus, the only trophy left in the game is the UEFA Champions League, after they also missed the Spanish Super Cup. In the round on San Paolo, the Catalans drew 1-1. It is unlikely, however, that today Barca will play 0-0 because Napoli is a dangerous team.
- Probable team: Ter Stegen – Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Semedo – Rakitic, De Jong, Roberto – Griezmann, Suarez, Messi
- ABSENT: Ousmane Dembele (injured), Arturo Vidal, Sergio Busquets (suspended)
Napoli: Team information, current form, absent
Mertens opened the scoring in the home round in the 30th minute, but Griezmann restored the tie in the 57th minute and closed the table at 1-1. In Serie A, the Neapolitans evolved modestly. The team finished at the 7th place of the ranking, below the European places. Although they defeated Lazio in the last round with 3-1, they did not reach AC Milan. However, there was no panic among the guests, after they won the Italian Cup and will play in the Europa League groups.
- Probable team: Ospina – Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Rui – Ruiz, Demme, Zielinski – Callejon, Mertens, Elmas
- ABSENT: Maksimovic, Badges (injured)
Barcelona vs Napoli Picks
The UEFA Champions League trophy is not a realistic goal for the guests and I don’t think they will offer top performance. There is a huge difference in value and experience between the two bands. Although there are tensions in the locker room, Messi, Suarez or Griezmann can make a difference for the Catalans at any time. We are going on a victory for the hosts and implicitly on qualification in the quarterfinals.
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