Napoli to lock quarter-finals

Napoli to lock quarter-finals

Napoli and Eintracht Frankfurt meets for the second leg of their Round-of-16 series in the Champions League, where Napoli has the advantage. From their first leg, it was Napoli who sealed that match, having a 2-0 advantage. Napoli is now looking to protect that advantage to seal their spot in the quarter-finals of the contest. However, Frankfurt will not make it easy for Napoli, as they are aiming for the same thing. They are drawing inspiration from their heroics during last year’s Europa League season. Napoli is hosting Frankfurt for this match on March 16, 2023, at 4:00 AM (GMT+8).

There are only three matches these two teams played against each other, where the visitors are the ones at the advantage. The visitors won twice, while the hosts only have one win, which is coming from their first leg. However, when going against German teams, the hosts are doing well, winning their last two matches against German teams. The visitors on the other hand last met the hosts on the road way back in December 1994. If the hosts are lucky to win in this game, this will be the very first time that they will qualify for the quarter-finals in the Champions League.

Napoli

Champions League: Napoli

In the Serie A, Napoli is sitting at the top of their league table, and have been in a good form this season. This is the reason why it is no longer surprising that they are the ones at the advantage in this series. Their current form have been exceptional this season, which is their key to their success this season. They are coming into this game from a 2-0 comfortable win against Atalanta in the Serie A. This win gives them the confidence of achieving the same result for this very important game. As they are hopeful for their very first quarter-finals qualification in the contest, expect this squad to make the most of this game. Guys like Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, and Victor Osimhen continues to show that they are prolific this season. With that, they are looking to add to their goals in this fixture.

Mario Rui will finally be back for Napoli, after serving a two-game suspension domestically. Additionally, Kim Min-jae, and Hirving Lozano are both expected to take part in this match, despite their issues. However, Giacomo Raspadori is still sidelined in this match, following his thigh injury.

Eintracht Frankfurt

Champions League: Eintracht Frankfurt
Photo courtesy of IMAGO

Frankfurt currently sits at the sixth of Bundesliga, but have been battling with inconsistency this season. Now that they are at the disadvantaged, they need to address this inconsistency or they will bid goodbye in the Champions League. They are coming from a 1-1 draw against VfB Stuttgart on their last matches domestically. With that, they are aiming to take a notch in this fixture. However, despite these records, they have been impressive in their away matches, helping them gain confidence in this match. The only problem is that, they may have a hard time in this match, as they need to overturn their two-goal deficit. They need to at least have three goals, while holding on their opponents goalless for them to overturn this result.

Randal Kolo Munani will be out in this game, as he is serving a suspension. Eric Junio Dina Ebimbe, and Jesper Lindstrom are both unavailable, following their injuries.

Prediction:

Draw
Odds: 0.90
Napoli to win on aggregate (3-1)

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