Napoli vs Frankfurt
Although the tie is only halfway done, Napoli mostly cruised through the first leg against Frankfurt in February. With Napoli leading Serie A by 18 points, Luciano Spalletti has presided over an exceptional domestic campaign.
The Italian coach will also be looking to continue his success in Europe. When the free-scoring Italians stunningly breezed through the group stage.
Handing drubbings to some of the most prestigious clubs on the continent in the process, they soon rose to become one of Europe’s most praised teams. After a 2-0 victory over Atalanta on Saturday. Napoli cemented their position atop the Serie A standings, and the Naples faithful is now preparing to celebrate their first Scudetto.
Oliver Glasner’s team hasn’t fared so well on the domestic front in recent weeks, with their winless run extending to three matches courtesy of a 1-1 draw at home to relegation-threatened Stuttgart last time out.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool
Liverpool will have a very difficult time turning around its Champions League round of 16 matches against Real Madrid.
After a shocking 5-2 setback at Anfield last month, Jurgen Klopp’s team travels to the Santiago Bernabeu needing to score at least three goals.
The Reds’ illustrious 7-0 victory against Manchester United gave fans optimism for a potential comeback, but their defeat on Saturday to a Bournemouth team struggling to avoid relegation highlighted how vulnerable Klopp’s team is right now.
Liverpool simply has to go for it from the off on Wednesday if they are to haul themselves back into this tie and that may well lead to a high-scoring game. Real has shown a bit of vulnerability at the back of late and has just one clean sheet in their last five, and they conceded first in a 3-1 win over Espanyol at the weekend.
Despite a bright start last time out, Liverpool was ultimately outclassed by Real Madrid at Anfield in the first leg and, based on the form of both teams in recent weeks, we see the same thing happening again here. Liverpool has won just three of their last 10 matches whilst Real Madrid has gone unbeaten in their last six and have lost just one of their past 10 matches. On top of the form book, the head-to-head history heavily favors Los Blancos; Real Madrid has won six of the last seven games and, notably, hasn’t lost any of those games. Bet9ja have 2.32 odds, Paripesa have 2.1 odds and 1xBet have 2.34 odds.
Napoli could have made it 0-3 away from home if not for the missed penalty by Khvicha Kvaratskhelia in the 36th minute. Fortunately, a goal came through for the Blues 4 minutes later through Osimhen who was assisted by Hirving Lozano. With a lead in the first half, Napoli doubled the advantage 5 minutes after the hour-mark and this time they had the advantage of 11 against 10 after Frankfurt’s Randa; Kolo Muani. It could have been worse for Frankfurt but with a 0-2 away from home, Napoli should easily win the second leg at home, noting that they completely dominated Frankfurt in the second leg with 80% ball possession. Bet9ja have 1.50 odds, Paripesa have 1.52 odds and 1xBet have 1.52 odds.
With Liverpool looking to overturn a 5-2 first-leg defeat they will have to come here with an all-out attack strategy; that surely lends this match towards being a high-scoring affair and that’s a key part of our reasoning behind opting for an over 2.5 goals prediction. That isn’t the only reason we see this game being a high scorer though. Three of the last five head-to-head meetings between these two have gone over 2.5 goals whilst Real Madrid has a sound recent form for going north of the 2.5 goal mark. Three of their last five games have gone north of the 2.5 mark, but their game average is more notable; they’ve averaged a whopping 4.6 goals per game in that time. Bet9ja have 1.48 odds, Paripesa have 1.56 odds and 1xBet have 1.56 odds.
Given how Frankfurt will play to make up ground after losing 0-2 at home in the first leg, this will be a thrilling match. Frankfurt will have to visit Napoli and give them a little trouble; this will work out well for Luciano Spalletti’s team, who will want to eliminate their opponents during breaks. Our argument for a “no” bet here isn’t just based on Napoli winning the first leg by a score of 1-0. The bigger picture reveals that none of Napoli’s last five games had seen both teams score. Frankfurt, on the other hand, has experienced a “nil” in three of their last four games. Bet9ja have 1.83 odds, Paripesa have 1.86 odds and 1xBet have 1.86 odds.
Anytime Goal scorers
Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen is our pick to score anytime in this game when Napol hosts Frankfurt on Wednesday night for the second leg of UCL round 16. Napoli had 10 shorts on target against 1 for Frankfurt in the first leg. Two of the shots on target were Osimhen’s and he managed to convert one into a goal. He is the target man alongside Lozano and Kvaratskhelia. Osimhen averages 1.6 shots on target per game. He has scored 11 goals in the last 12 matches across all competitions. Osimhen scored in 3 of their last 6 home games. Bet9ja have 2.35 odds while Paripesa have 2.20 odds.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is another formidable winger who has scored 2 goals in the Champions League till now. With 11 goals already in the Serie A and 9 assists, he has proven to be a major threat for this Napoli side. He was on the scoresheet last weekend and nothing can stop him from scoring here today. Bet9ja have 2.85 odds while Paripesa have 2.10 odds.
Even though Vinicius Jr. has eight La Liga goals after his Saturday score against Espanyol, he has saved his best performances for this season’s Champions League. Brazil’s six goals in Europe so far this year include two against Liverpool in the first leg. The winger, who has six goals in his last eight games, enters this match in fine form and should help the Reds lose. Bet9ja have 3.30 odds while Paripesa have 3.50 odds.
Liverpool’s scorching Mohamed Salah has scored in each of the last six UCL games (G8). The Egyptian had a torrid time last weekend as he missed an important penalty. This penalty could have handed his side an equalizer but instead, they lost. Today making amends to the fans would be the first on that agenda. Bet9ja have 2.90 odds while Paripesa have 2.10 odds.
When it comes to picking a player to watch you can almost highlight any of their attacking talents. Specifically for this game though, Victor Osimhen – their top scorer – is the one most like to wreak havoc with the Frankfurt backline. His style of play will make him the perfect weapon to exploit Frankfurt’s inevitable defensive gaps. Bet9ja have 2.85 odds while Paripesa have 4.70 odds.
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