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      • (15') Fermín
      • (17') João Cancelo
      • (83') R. Lewandowski
      • (30') Amir Rrahmani
      • (19') A. Christensen
      • (44') Lamine Yamal
      Yellow Card
      • (47') Juan Jesus
      • (63') H. Traorè
      • (67') M. Olivera

          Barcelona vs. Napoli Prediction & Betting Tips

          As the Champions League gears up for another thrilling encounter, the footballing world turns its attention to the prestigious Camp Nou, where Barcelona is set to host Napoli in the return leg of their knockout tie. This matchup pits two teams against each other, each with its unique storyline and ambitions, underscored by a compelling first-leg draw that left all to play for in Barcelona.

          Date: 12/03/2024

          Kick-off time: 20:00

          Location: Camp Nou

          For Barcelona, the current campaign has been one of introspection and struggle. Positioned 3rd in La Liga with 61 points, the Catalan giants have grappled with inconsistency, leading to an underwhelming season by their lofty standards. The announcement by Xavi, a figure synonymous with the club's golden era, that he will step down at the season's end, marks the end of an era and signals a period of significant change. Despite the challenges, the first leg against Napoli, which ended in a 1-1 draw, offers Barcelona a lifeline in a competition that has historically defined them. The emergence of Lamine Yamal, a prodigious talent from the academy, has also been a beacon of hope this season. At just 16, Yamal's performances have captivated fans and pundits alike, making him one of La Liga's standout players and a symbol of Barcelona's renowned youth system.

          Despite their domestic struggles, Barcelona's European pedigree remains intact. Their unbeaten record in the last five encounters against Napoli, coupled with a remarkable statistic that sees them progress 95% of the time after going unbeaten in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie away from home, underlines their knack for turning the tide when it matters most. The stage is set at Camp Nou for Barcelona to leverage this historical advantage and make a statement.

          On the flip side, Napoli have endured a campaign marked by its own set of challenges. After the highs of securing their first Serie A title in 33 years last season, the Partenopei find themselves in 7th place in the league, a stark contrast to their previous triumphs. The season has been tumultuous, with Napoli now under the guidance of their third manager, Francesco Calzona. Despite the managerial upheavals, Calzona has steadied the ship in his short tenure, overseeing five matches and instilling a sense of stability. Napoli's threat in attack is undeniable, with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Victor Osimhen leading the line. Their prowess was on full display in the first leg, where Osimhen's goal cancelled out Lewandowski's opener, keeping Napoli's hopes alive.

          The first-leg result was a mixed bag for both teams. For Barcelona, securing an away goal provides a slender advantage as they return to the familiar confines of Camp Nou. However, Napoli, aware of their potent attacking capabilities, will be confident in their ability to secure a vital away result. Notably, Napoli's European track record after failing to win the first leg at home is concerning, with the club being knocked out in all of their last 11 such ties. This statistic will undoubtedly loom large as they prepare to overturn this trend against a Barcelona side with everything to play for.

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          Team News

          Barcelona Team News:

          Frenkie De Jong, Pedri and Gavi are all out for Barcelona so the midfield trio of Andreas Christensen, İlkay Gündoğan and Fermín López will continue here. Ferran Torres, Alejandro Balde and Marcos Alonso are all out for Barcelona too.

          Lamine Yamal will almost certainly start on the right flank Raphinha on the left, both on either side of Robert Lewandowski in the middle.

          Napoli Team News:

          Jens Cajuste and Cyril Ngonge are both likely to miss out for the away side while Amir Rrahmani is a doubt after sustaining an injury in the game against Juventus recently. Should Rrahmani be deemed unfit, Leo Østigård will likely deputise in his absence at the heart of the defence.

          Polish Piotr Zielinski was also not registered for the knockout stage of this competition after his refusal of a new contract amidst a pre-contract agreement with Inter, so Hamed Traorè will likely take his place in the starting lineup.

          Form Guide (Last Five Games)

          Barcelona are in solid form having gone unbeaten in their last five games, winning three of those. Their latest outing saw them carve out a narrow 1-0 win over Mallorca thanks to a Lamine Yamal goal in the 73rd minute. The game was fairly emblematic of Barça's season in that it was a dull performance that didn't deserve a win, but was eventually won by a moment of individual brilliance.

          Prior to the win over Mallorca, Barça drew 0-0 away at Athletic Bilbao which preceded a comfortable 4-0 win over Getafe, which came thanks to goals from Raphinha, João Félix, Frenkie de Jong and Fermín.

          At Camp Nou, Barcelona have won three, drawn one and lost one of their last five games, with the loss being a 3-5 defeat to Villarreal.

          Napoli's form is similar to that of their opponents as they come into this game having won two and drawn three of their last five games, all of which were the first of Francesco Calzona's first five games in charge of the club.

          Their most recent game was a 1-1 draw with Torino, where Khvicha Kvaratskhelia's opener after the 61st minute was cancelled out just three minutes later. It was a pretty disappointing result for Calzona's side, who went into the game with high hopes after an outstanding 6-1 win away at Sassuolo and a 2-1 win over Juventus.

          Away from home things have been pretty concerning with one win, two draws and two losses away from home in their last five games. However, with their most recent game being the win in Sassuolo they'll hope they're about to turn a corner in that regard.

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          Where To Watch

          TNT Sports 2 will broadcast the game live for all subscribed U.K. viewers while full radio coverage will be provided by talkSPORT 2.