Napoli vs. Barcelona Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
20 February 2024, 11:32

Both of the teams have big changes coming next season, the main of which is the change of coach. Given Napoli’s inconsistency this season, sharply contrasting with the last triumphant Serie A run, the talks about the new coach coming soon is logical and will most likely occur at the end of this season. Walter Mazzari, as it turned out, was not able to motivate players and build on Spaletti's legacy. As for Barcelona, Xavi has already announced that it will be his last season as a head coach for Catalans, and given the weak performances of Blaugrana this season, this decision was also looming since winter. The teams met between each other not long ago, in the playoff round of UEFA Europa League in the 2021/22 season, where Barcelona was victorious in the two-round clash (1-1, 2-4). 

Napoli vs. Barcelona Preview 

Napoli Preview

Contrasting with Napoli’s previous season, the 2023/2024 campaign is a nightmare for both fans and board. Neapolitans are currently on the 9th place in Serie A and the prospects of participating in the European cups next season are bleak given the 5 points gap from the 6-placed Roma. In the last 5 matches, Napoli won only once, with an 87-minute winner in a 2-1 match against Verona. In the last round, Napoli again saved a point only in the 90th minute which indicates that the team does not really know what type of football they should play. As for the Champions League group stage, Neapolitans predictably lost the first spot to Real Madrid but finished over Braga and Union Berlin. It can’t be said that Mazzari’s team showed any confidence in these matches, but momentarily individual performances of the main stars, Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia saved the day for Napoli.

Barcelona Preview

Despite inconsistent performances and struggles in attacking build-up, Barcelona still manages to get points and results. In the last 10 matches, Blaugrana lost only 3 times and had 1 draw with Granada. Xavi admits that the team is having problems with defence, while the arrival of Victor Roque and rising of Yamal Lamine made attacking prospects brighter. Given that La Liga title is most likely gone given 8 points gap from Real Madrid, the main focus of Barcelona is Champions League. For the first time in three years, Barcelona managed to get to the playoffs and the best the players can do is to make this last Xavi’s run in Champions League as Barcelona coach as memorable as possible.

Betting Tips for Napoli vs. Barcelona

Barcelona Draw No Bet

Despite all the inconveniences in their play, Barcelona still looks more cohesive. Napoli in its current phase seems too dependent on the form of Kvaratskhelia or Osimhen, who do not shine as bright as they were last season. Given the motivation of Barcelona with its first playoff run in three years and Napoli's concerns for its place in the Serie A, it seems that Barcelona can manage not to lose in the first match. For this Napoli vs. Barcelona tip, Unibet gives 1.99.

Both Teams to Score

Both of the teams do have struggles in their defensive lines. Napoli concedes a plenty of goals this season (28 goals in 24 rounds of Serie A) and with the departure of Min Jae Kim in the summer does not have a substantial leader in the back. Barcelona also likes to concede pretty much, remembering recent shootouts with Granada (3-3) and Villareal (3-5). Thus, there is a pretty high probability that both teams will have their goals in the upcoming match. Unibet gives the following Napoli vs. Barcelona odds for this outcome - 1.59.

Robert Lewandowski to Score at Any Time

Despite being doubted by fans and experts, the Polish goalscorer regularly proves that he is still one of the best forwards in Europe. In the last round of La Liga, Lewandowski saved three points for Barcelona scoring a penalty on 90+7 minutes and with his ability to find space between defenders, Robert can be the decisive player in the upcoming clash. In the last three matches, he scored three goals, and it seems that he’s got chances to extend this streak. Unibet evaluates this Napoli vs. Barcelona prediction with odds of 2.35.

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