Napoli host Liverpool in a pivotal group C clash in the Champions League, kicking off at 9:00pm local time on Wednesday night. Napoli started their Champions League campaign with a goalless draw at Red Star Belgrade, whereas Liverpool overwhelmed French giants PSG, winning 3-2.

Home Team: Napoli

Napoli finished 2nd last season in Serie A, in what was a fantastic season for them under the regime of Maurizio Sarri. Their big disappointment of last season was their European form though, as they were knocked out in a group containing Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City and Feyenoord, losing all their three away games in the process. However, with a point at Red Star Belgrade, their current manager Carlo Ancelotti has seen his side made a small improvement on last year. With Liverpool and PSG favourites to qualify from the group, Napoli know that they must win a few big home matches to stand any chance, starting with this game on Wednesday night. In their most recent league fixture, they lost to top club Juventus 3-1, after taking an early lead. Dries Mertens got the early goal, and he’ll be one of the players that can cause a serious threat to the Liverpool side as they bid to bounce back from the disappointment of that loss.

Away Team: Liverpool

LIVERPOOL FC BETTING.FOOTBALLLiverpool’s magnificent eight wins in a row this season came to a halt in the last week, as they were eliminated to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, before salvaging an important draw at Chelsea on Saturday. Liverpool’s attention must now shift to Champions League, as their tough group resumes on Wednesday night. Liverpool are not expecting any easy fixtures in this group, and got off to the perfect start by defeating PSG on match day one. Roberto Fimino scored a last minute winner to get the three points against a potential candidate to win the trophy in May. The hard work in that game will be undone though if they were to lose this vital fixture. However, if they were able to get a crucial win, then they will feel they have one foot in the group stage with back to back matches with the group’s underdogs Red Star Belgrade to come next.

Head to Head

The two sides have only met twice in their long and ubiquitous history. Both of those meetings came in the 2010/2011 season in the Europa League group stage. At Napoli, Liverpool were able to get a 0-0 draw, before beating them on their return at Anfield 3-1. Ezequiel Lavezzi put Napoli ahead on that day, before Steven Gerrard’s substitute performance sparked a great comeback as he scored a hat-trick in the last 15 minutes to turn it around.

Predictions and Betting Tips

Liverpool are slight favourites to record an away win here at 11/10, with Napoli at 23/10 to get the victory. If you feel that the sides will cancel each other out, then that is at 13/5. This particular game is a hard game to call, but I have a feeling that Napoli will cause Liverpool a lot of problems, and Carlo Ancelotti is a manager very experienced at this level. I am going to sit on the fence a call for a score draw at 2-2 (11/1).

If you want to boost your chances on the draw, then betting on 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3 is at 3/1. Dries Mertens scored first this weekend against Juventus, and he is at 6/1 to get the first goal here. Usual suspects Mohammed Salah (7/2), Roberto Firmino (11/2) and Sadio Mane (6/1) are Liverpool’s most likely scorers, but don’t rule out Daniel Sturridge to score for Liverpool again from the start or off the bench as he is at 6/4 to score at any time.

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