Napoli vs PSG (By: Stanioooo)
Napoli will face PSG in the 4th round of CL at Stadio San Paolo.
The situation for both clubs is very tough as Liverpool have 6 points with a real chance to make them 9 after this round and extend their lead infront of Napoli and PSG, which have 5 and 4 points till now. It's obvious PSG is the team which will be looking only for the victory being in the 3rd position in the group, while Napoli can be satisfied even with a draw, because they will keep their position infront of the French team.
Both teams are playing very well in their domestic leagues. PSG don't have a single miss of points and are the leaders with big difference, while Napoli are trying to harden the leaders of Juventus, but it's a tough job to think about something better than 2nd place in Serie A after Juve strenghten the team with Ronaldo during the summer. We all saw in the first game that these results of PSG in the French League are a little bit misleading and their team is not so good against one of the best sides in Europe. In Liverpool they made great return in the result being down 2:0 in the 1st half, but succeeded to equalize until Firmino gifted the three points to Liverpool in the extra time. Against Napoli at home they avoided another defeat- this time they won one point in the extra time with a late equalizer by Di Maria for the final 2:2. Infact Napoli played amazingly good in Paris and even deserved to win the game. Now at home Ancelotti's players will have the chance to do it, but still PSG have amazing quality in attack to outscore every opponent.
Napoli will miss long-absentees like Amin Younes, Simone Verdi, Sebastiano Luperto, Vlad Chiriches and Alex Meret who are all unavailable. Guests from Paris will be without Kurzawa, Alves and Dagba, while Edison Cavani is doubtful and is really not sure if he will start from the 1st minute or will stay as a susbstitution.
To sum up the things- home win for Napoli will almost guarantee the club a place in the next round being with 4 points advantage of PSG and an easy home game against Zvezda in the next round which can practically book them the place in the 1/8 finals for sure, no matter what happens in PSG-Liverpool. If the team lose against PSG, this will give such a big advantage to PSG, because they have two games against Liverpool at home and Zvezda away from home, so possible at least 4 points. Being with 2 points ahead of Napoli before these two games where they can win also at least four points, it means game over for Napoli. Even if they beat Liverpool at Anfield they will not have chances to proceed to the next round of CL. So, Napoli have to avoid the loss for sure, while the visitors also have to do the same. A draw in this game will save both teams'chances to progress into the next round giving a little bit advantage of Napoli, but it's really not for granted as PSG host Liverpool, while Napoli have to play at Anfield in the next rounds.
I expect the intrigue to be saved here with another draw and Liverpool to be the team which will decide the fortune of both clubs- which one will proceed in CL and which one in EL. I don't think Liverpool can lose twice against them in the 5th and 6th round to miss a place in the next phase of CL.
Expect goals for sure, although the match is in Italy. Another 2:2 draw is not excluded for sure. Win for any of these clubs will just mean such a huge advantage infront of the opponent, that's the reason to think it will not happen. In the group of death with Napoli, PSG and Liverpool I can't imagine how almost everything will be clear after four rounds!
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