Napoli hosts Salzburg at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples
The leader in Group E of the Champions League Napoli hosts Salzburg at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples, looking for third win and keeping the first spot in the standings. That’s our Champions League predictions for this game on Italian soil.
At this moment Napoli are the only unbeaten team in the group, having two wins and one draw in three matches played. The Azzurri have one point advantage in front of the current champion Liverpool, so a win against Salzburg would guarantee them staying at top for at least one more round.
In the previous round of the group stage Napoli had a tough visit to Salzburg, which they won with 3-2 at the Red Bull Arena. The Belgian international Dries Mertens scored a brace in Cican Stankovic’ net, while Lorenzo Insigne scored the winner for the Serie A team.
Speaking of Serie A, Napoli are certainly not doing as good as they hoped in the Calcio right now. At this moment Carlo Ancelotti’s team is 7th in the league with 18 points, being 11 points behind the leader Juventus. In their last three games Napoli are without a win in the Serie A, which is concerning.
Salzburg are currently third in the group with 3 points, being three points behind Liverpool and two points ahead of the fourth Genk. Even if they don’t qualify for the 1/8-finals of the competiton, Salzburg are favourites to win the third place and progress in Europa League.
In the same time, of course – far from surprising, Salzburg are dominating in the Austrian Bundesliga. Being unbeaten in 13 games played so far, the Red Bulls are leaders with 35 points played so far. In their last five games in the Bundesliga Salzburg have four wins and one draw.
In our Champions League predictions for today we think that Napoli are favourites against Salzburg, but we don’t expect an easy game for them. The Austrians are showing so far that they are a capable team and they are competitive enough to trouble any team.