Date and Time: 17th February 2022 @11:15 PM IST
Venue: Camp Nou
Barcelona vs Napoli, There To Watch?
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Barcelona vs Napoli, Team News:
Barcelona will be missing the services of Samuel Umtiti, Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, and Alejandro Balde due to injury, while Clement Lenglet and Memphis Depay are both doubtful for the match against Napoli. Ronald Araujo is also out due to an injury suffered against Espanyol on Saturday, which means Eric Garcia could move into the back four, with Sergino Dest expected to fill in at right-back in the absence of Dani Alves, who has been left out of the squad for the remainder of the Europa League campaign.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is eager to make his full debut for the Catalan giants, and he might start at centre-forward with Adama Traore and Gavi if he is given the opportunity. A similar push is being made by Ousmane Dembele, who wants to be featured from the outset, with head coach Xavi stressing that the France international would be an essential player in the latter months of the season.
Matteo Politano and Hirving Lozano are both sidelined for Napoli, and on-loan Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe has been left out of the Europa League squad. In addition to Anguissa, who should be in the starting XI after coming off the bench against Inter at the weekend, Eljif Elmas should come in to replace Politano, who was sidelined with an injury the previous time out.
In terms of team selection, head coach Spalletti is unlikely to make any surprises, with Lorenzo Insigne likely to start on the left flank and Victor Osimhen likely to start at centre-forward. Fabian Ruiz, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, will operate in the middle of the park
Barcelona vs Napoli Probable Playing XI:
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen: Dest, Pique, Garcia, Alba; F de Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Traore, Aubameyang, Gavi
Napoli possible starting lineup:
Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Anguissa, Ruiz; Elmas, Zielinski, Insigne; Osimhen
Barcelona vs Napoli Betting Predictions:
Match Betting: Barcelona win (1.50)
Napoli win (3.75)
The one-liner explainer:
This should be an exciting football game, as both teams will believe that they have a chance to score a touchdown in the final third of the football field. Expect goals at the Camp Nou on Thursday, and we are betting on an entertaining 2-2 draw, which would leave the tie in a delicate state heading into the return leg in Italy.