Manchester City vs Napoli
UEFA Champions League 2017/18
Date: Tuesday, 17th October 2017
Kick-off at 20:45 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium. Manchester.
Unbeaten in all competitions this season, Manchester City look to gain ground in qualifying for the knockout stage of the Champions League for a fifth consecutive season.
The Citizens won their first two matches in the Champions League, 4-0 at Feyenoord and 2-0 at home against Shakhtar Donetsk to open up a 3-point lead at the top. A win against Napoli on Tuesday will put them in a strong position for knockout qualification.
Pep Guardiola’s men are coming on the back of a 7-2 routing of Stoke City on the weekend. The win extended their unbeaten run in the current campaign to 11 games with 10 wins and a draw.
Man City are on a terrific scoring form lately and took the tally to 32 goals in their last 8 in all competitions. A huge improvement is seen in the defensive department which was their weakest link last season, 6 clean sheets during the 8-match period.
Napoli lost to Shakhtar away from home on matchday 1, but bounced back with a 3-1 home win at Feyenoord. They are ranked third in the group, despite having same 3 points as the Ukrainians.
The Partenopei are on a sublime run of form since the start of the season. The defeat at Shakhtar is their only one in 12 games in all competitions and they had won in the remaining 11.
Also, the Serie A side boast of an incredible scoring form and average 2.8 goals per game from 12 games played so far this season.
Napoli are coming back on a 1-0 away win against domestic rivals Roma this weekend, which moved them to the topmost spot in the Serie A table.
Manchester City vs Napoli: Head-to-head
In their only previous Champions League meeting back in 2011/12 group stage, Napoli had the last laugh with a 2-1 win at home and 1-1 draw at the Etihad.
Manchester City have a strong home record against Italian sides – 2 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss from 6 games. Overall record is 3 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses from 12.
Napoli are unbeaten at home in their 5 meetings with English sides – 4 wins and 1 draw. But, they are win-less in equal number of visits to England, 2 draws and 3 defeats.
Manchester City vs Napoli: Predictions
It is hard to see anyone winning points out of Manchester City at the moment with the team looking in sublime touch in all aspects of the game. They had already beaten the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea without conceding this season and are no stranger to tricky fixtures.
Napoli’s current form can be considered superb and they are coming in good spirits after winning five matches on the bounce. But I am afraid that they are no match to this free scoring Citizens and could easily end up at the losing end.
Manchester City vs Napoli: Bet Tips
Manchester City win. 1.71
Thank to Aron Wright