UCL Preview: Napoli vs Liverpool



Kick off: 21:00 (CET)

Date: Wed, 03-Oct-18

Probable Lineups

Napoli focus

Rui was sent off against Juventus at the weekend but is available to play against Liverpool in the UCL.

Ancelotti may persist with a 4-4-1-1 formation here. If that is the case, Hamsik, Ruiz and Diawara are competiting for one place alongside Allan in central midfield.

Chiriches and Younes are the only injury concerns for the hosts.

Liverpool focus

Keita dropped to the bench against Chelsea on Saturday in order to accomodate captain Henderson but he is expected to start here.

Salah has endured a tough start to the season and was even subbed off against Chelsea after a poor display. It would be a big call to drop him against Napoli.

Lallana, Chamberlain and Origi are the only injury concerns for Liverpool ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Napoli.

Stats

Napoli failed to take advantage of the fact Liverpool and PSG played each other in GW1, only managing a 0-0 draw with Red Star last time out. They really need to get a positive result here.

Liverpool beat PSG 3-2 in a thrilling contest at Anfield last time out in Europe but their performances have dipped in the last week, failing to beat Chelsea on two occasions. They are currently on a gruelling run of fixtures and Jurgen Klopp will need his side to keep grinding out results.

Liverpool have lost only two of their last eight away games against Italian teams and you’d fancy the Reds to continue that run given Napoli’s early struggles under Ancelotti this season.

Prediction

Napoli 1-2 Liverpool