Match Betting (1x2)

Ladbrokes and Unibet are among the bookmakers who are offering even money about Barcelona winning at the Stadio San Paolo on 25 February, with the Catalan side among the favourites to win the 2020 Champions League, although some punters will be treading cautiously as far as this price is concerned.

For starters, this is a two-legged tie so it’s not imperative that Barca win in Naples and secure a first leg advantage, while those with relatively decent memories will note that Kike Setien’s team were beaten 4-1 by Roma two seasons ago.

Similarly, Liverpool enjoyed an emphatic 4-0 victory over the same opponents last season and Napoli have already beaten the Merseyside team at home this season.

Indeed, Gennaro Gattuso’s side could be a spot of value at 11/4 with Unibet considering that they’ll look to raise their game against the Spanish champions. We would also prefer to consider the draw at 3/1 rather than back the away win for this one.

To Qualify

It’s little surprise to find Barcelona trading at 1/5 to go through to the last eight and Setien will be pleased enough with this last sixteen draw which means that the Spanish team will play the second leg at the Nou Camp.

Many people will have Barca in their accumulators to qualify, while Paddy Power offer 4/1 about Napoli and they have the rather difficult task of trying to prevent their opponents from scoring an away goal or two.

Perhaps the Italian team will look to keep things tight in the first leg and a goalless draw would actually mean they simply need to match their opponents in the second leg to qualify against the odds.

Asian Handicap

If you feel as though Napoli can avoid defeat in this clash, then the Asian Handicap market could be worth a visit, with the Serie A team available at a decent price off scratch.

Gattuso’s side are a 7/4 poke with Unibet and that would mean money back if the game is drawn but a handsome return on your investment if the Italian side managed to engineer some kind of first leg advantage.

Alternatively, some might expect Barcelona to take advantage of a team who were managed by Carlo Ancelotti during the group stage of the competition.

We know all about the attacking dangers that Barca possess and you can get 39/20 about the visitors off a -1 Asian Handicap which would mean they need to win by a goal for money back but a two-goal margin of victory would see you nearly treble your dough.

Both Teams to Score

This is an interesting betting market. We can’t help but feel that Napoli might play a defensive game in this clash and hope to go to the Nou Camp with either a goalless draw or a slender 1-0 advantage.

If Gattuso manages to execute his game plan perfectly, then the “No” option on the Both Teams to Score market could be worth a bet at odds of 8/5.

This bet would also cop if Barcelona managed a bloodless victory and they’ll want to be in a strong position before heading back to the Nou Camp.If you think both sides will find the net during this encounter, then William Hill have odds of 4/7 about the “Yes” option.


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