Napoli lock horns with their familiar UEFA Champions league rivals Liverpool as they seek Champions league glory this season.
Head to Head
Group A’s opening fixture Napoli vs Liverpool is set to take place in Napoli’s home ground Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples, Italy. This is not the first time Klopp’s Liverpool are facing Napoli, they have met multiple times in the competition in 2018 and 2019 season with 4 matches played. Out of 4 surprisingly the English giants won 1 and Napoli won 2 and the remaining fixture was a draw between the two. Napoli in the previous two years have looked good against this Liverpool side who have an almost unchanged line up except for some arrivals and departures.
The Italian giants have an amazing record against Liverpool with two victories and can possibly make it three this season as the scousers look way out of form this season. Spalletti’s side has been phenomenal this season as they stand 2nd currently in the Serie A, they have scored 12 goals and conceded 4. The squad is looking fresh than ever as the look forward to beat the enlish side again. Napoli has scored a total of 4 goals against that Liverpool side in the previous years. Napoli have been good against big teams in big matches, they defeated Liverpool in the 2019 season when they were crowned champions , recently defeated Lazio. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has been on fire as he has scored 4 goals in 5 games for theItalian club in the Serie A ,Piotr Zielinski has been a provider for the team as he has 3 assists .
Injury: Napoli will be without Diego Demme for the clash.
The Scousers in Injury Crisis
Klopp’s side have not managed to find their rhythm since the start of their season as they are facing problems with finish matches. They have been the draw specialists with 3 draws 2 wins and 1 loss this seasonas they stand 7th in the league .This Liverpool side looks vulnerable and poor off the ball as they are able to find the back of the net but are leaking goals. The scousers are facing an inform Napoli in a cut to cut tie this time with them being in a Injury crisis. Since the departure of Mane it has been going all wrong for Jurgen Klopp’s side
Injuries: Naby Kieta , Matip, Thiago Alcantara , Konate, Curtis Jones, Jota , Oxlade- Chamberlain and ramsay.
Kick off timings
The match will take place on 8 PM UK time on 7th September Wednesday
12:30PM IST time on 8th September Thursday
Livestream and TV
The match will be televised on CBS Sport, Paramount + , Sony Sports Network and SONY LIV in India.
Prediction: Napoli 2-1 Liverpool
Liverpool will look to bounce back but the home crowd will back Napoli . Liverpool’s injury crisis will make it difficult to beat an inform Napoli.