By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 3rd October 2018
Liverpool will travel to the San Paolo stadium on Wednesday for their midweek Champions League clash against Napoli. The late kick-off will be a tasty match-up, with both teams favouring an offensive style of play.
Napoli vs Liverpool: Odds and predictions
Carlo Ancelotti’s men are 9/4 favourites, with the Reds tipped at measley 11/10 odds, despite impressing in their victory against Thomas Tuchel’s Paris-Saint Germaine in their first Champions League outing this season. A draw between the two sides is wagering at 13/5, but given the attacking prowess present in both sides, we’re expecting an goal-fest this Wednesday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will be wary of Napoli’s counterattacking style of play- one filled with pace, skill and strength.
They faced a similarly arduous task against PSG, but when presented with keeping Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe in check, they emerged as euphoric victors, cementing a 3-2 win against the Perisians.
Key to their victory was the efforts of their front three: Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firminho and Sadio Mane. Salah didn’t make it onto the score-sheet, but worked just as hard as the other two, and in our Napoli vs Liverpool predictions, our betting tipsters have tipped him to come up with the goods against the Ciucciarelli, with a forecast of 7/2.
Meanwhile, Ancelotti’s side possess firepower of their own in Dries Merten and Lorenzo Insigne, a dynamic and pacey duo.
Mertens has scored twice in his first three Serie A starts, and his ability to hold onto the ball and dribble through the defence seamlessly will be a threat to Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk-led defence.
He has been directly involved in nine of Napoli’s last 14 Champions League goals at the San Paolo, scoring six and assisting three.
The Belgian is our pick to score against the Reds with odds of 6/1, and if there any bets in our Napoli vs Liverpool predictions that seem worth the money, this one might be it.
Napoli vs Liverpool predictions: Head to head
(Most recent first) Liverpool 3-1 Napoli, Liverpool 1-1 Napoli
Liverpool have faced Napoli only twice before, with both matches taking place in the 2010 Europa League campaign.
Now manager of Rangers, Steven Gerrard scored a memorable hat-trick against the Italian side to send his team into the last 16 rounds of the Cup.
Yet if the Reds are to repeat the successes of the past they will need to nullify Napoli’s blistering attack, and press high up the pitch to snatch back possession in dangerous positions.
Based on pre-match verdicts, we’ve favoured the Reds to channel the feats of 2010 come Wednesday.
Napoli vs Liverpool: predicted score, best bet, scorer betting
Predicted score: Liverpool to win 2-1, projecting at 15/2
After match-day one ended in a dramatic for Liverpool against a star-studded PSG line-up, we’ve made them our pick to win by two goals to one.
Make no mistake, Napoli will be hard to contain on home turf, and Liverpool’s reshuffled starting eleven may struggle against a more potent lineup from the Ciucciarelli.
But with odds of 15/2, our Napoli vs Liverpool predictions see the Reds emerging with a narrow win.
Perhaps a safer bet would be to wager on a 2-2 draw, with the odds trending at 10/1, but for those of our customers feeling more confident in Klopp’s side, a final score of 2-1 is certainly the way to go.
Scenario two in our Napoli vs Liverpool predictions would be the match ending with a plethora of goals scored by either sides.
So, to cover all bases, our alternative bet has tipped over 2.5 goals to be scored at the San Paolo, with odds of 6/10.
A potential goal-scorer emerges from Ancelotti’s team: Arkadiusz Milik. The Polish striker has been prolific in front of goal for Napoli, with 3 goals scored in four starts this season. Two of those were against Parma in which Milik was simply unplayable.
Liverpool match up up front in Sadio Mane, who has been their main man in terms of goal-scoring. The Senegalese striker has scored four goals in his opening seven games, and pre-match statistics suggest that he will break his own personal record.
Predicted scorer tips: Daniel Sturridge to score first, betting at 5/1
After his stunning strike against Chelsea on the weekend, Daniel Sturridge’s resurgent rise means that he leads our Napoli vs Liverpool predictions.
Sturridge had been starved of game time last season following the rise of Liverpool’s famous front three – and coupled with his woeful injury record.
But two goals in his last two starts means he’s right back at the top of the pecking order.
We’re forecasting that he’ll make it onto the score-sheet again this Wednesday, with odds of 5/1.
Napoli vs Liverpool stats: Opta
- Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in three goals in his last two starts against Napoli in all competitions
- In the only previous Champions League tie between Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, Ancelotti’s Real Madrid knocked Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund teamout of the 2013-14 quarter-finals
- Napoli have only won twice in their last nine Champions League games (W2, D1, L6), although both of those victories came at home.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.