Can Barca Set Up a Bayern Blockbuster?

The 2019/20 Champions League quarter final draw was made on Friday 10 July, with Barcelona handed the toughest draw possible providing that they can overcome Napoli on Friday 7 August. German champions Bayern Munich are massively likely to progress beyond Chelsea and form ridiculously tough opponents.

Barca claimed a 1-1 draw in Naples several months ago to set themselves up to qualify from this clash but will play in an empty Nou Camp against dangerous opponents who will look to keep things tight and spring a surprise on the counter-attack.

Unsurprisingly, the Catalan side are strong favourites to go through and they remain one of the best teams in Europe, although form since the lockdown has been shaky and they have given the La Liga initiative to Real Madrid after drawing with Sevilla, Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid.

Barca are 8/13 to win this match and 4/11 to qualify for that last eight clash against Bayern which would be played in Portugal, although we’re not convinced by these prices, especially with a definite lack of home advantage.

Can Napoli Turn the Tie on Its Head?

Barcelona have tossed away winning positions in the Champions League over the past two seasons, with Roma storming back to knock out the Spanish side two seasons ago before Liverpool incredibly staged a comeback at Anfield from 3-0 down to win 4-3 on aggregate.

Therefore, Napoli are not without a chance and the Azzurri sit sixth in the Serie A title after a recent resurgence even if they’re well off the pace that has been set by the leading Italian clubs.

What is noticeable is that Gennaro Gattuso’s team have won seven and drawn four of their fourteen away games domestically and they’ll arrive at the Nou Camp with a game plan.

Napoli are as big as 9/2 to win this second leg clash and they will be encouraged by the number of goals that Barca have been conceding since the lockdown, while nullifying Lionel Messi could be the answer considering that Antoine Griezmann has really struggled to shine since arriving from Paris Saint-Germain.

What Are the Best Bets for This Match?

While the bookmakers are anticipating a high-scoring game, Napoli will surely want to make it a tight encounter and their first objective will be to keep Barcelona quiet for the first twenty minutes of the match.

The Naples side might have excellent attacking options in the form of Lorenzo Insigne or Dries Mertens, although it’s all about keeping things tight and we think the game could be level at half-time.

On a similar note, we’re surprised that such big odds are available when it comes to two goals or less being scored in this game. While Barca have a reputation for running in big volumes of goals, it might be a bit tense on this occasion and we’ll go for two 7/5 shots knowing that only won needs to win in order to make an overall profit.


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