Manchester City host Napoli in the Champions League tonight and it ought to be a fascinating and magical fare between two good footballing sides. Pep Guardiola‘s men have been exceptional in the Premier League this season and Napoli has played some stunning football in the recent months.
City has won their last nine games in all competition, netting a total of 34 goals in that run. They will be looking to secure three-point as they welcome “The Little Donkeys”, Napoli is the only team in Europe’s best top five leagues to have won the greater part of their league game this season.
The Italians were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk earlier in the group stages and they will be hoping to get over that with a resolve boosting win over City.
Napoli has won one and drawn one of their two past meetings with Manchester City, but a ton has changed in a long time since that Champions League fixture.
Manchester City has won 80% of their home game this season, scoring an average of four goals in every match. While, Napoli have scored in 100% of their away games this season and arrived at an average of 2.4 goals in every game, and they have scored in 93% of their Champions League away days.
Possible Manchester City Starting Lineup (4-3-3):
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Danilo; Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne; Sane, Jesus, Sterling
Possible Napoli Starting Lineup (4-3-3):
Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Jorginho, Hamsik, Allan; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne
Prediction: Over 2.5
Maribor versus Liverpool
Maribor are without a doubt the underdogs in this Champions League group, but with some tight outcomes as of now being played out, the Slovenian side will feel they have a possibility of slipping into third place with a touch of fortunes on their side.
This will be cause for worry for Jurgen Klopp, who has seen Liverpool struggle to hold their stand in the group stages so far. They have drawn both of their first two games at home to Sevilla and away to Spartak Moscow, and their draw with Manchester United on Saturday makes it just one win, four draws, and two defeats in their last seven games in all competitions.
Maribor have scored in 91% of their last 11 home games in the Champions League and lost only 9% of them. Liverpool has won 22% of their last nine outings away in Champions League and has conceded in 89% of them.
They have scored in 67% of them but and have scored in 71% of their competitive away games this season, keeping a clean sheet in 0% of them.
Possible Liverpool Starting Lineup(4-3-3):
Karius, Moreno, Lovren, Matip, Gomez, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Emre Can, Salah, Coutinho,Firmino
Possible NK Maribor Starting Lineup (4-4-2):
Handanovic; Milec, Rajcevic, Billong, Viler; Pihler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar; Mesanovic, Tavares
Prediction: Liverpool Wins
Real Madrid vs Tottenham Hotspur
Madrid became the first team in the Champions League era to defend the trophy last season as they whipped impervious Juventus in the final, so far this season they have given no suggestions that they will give up the trophy effortlessly.
Their opening two Champions League matches have seen them thrash APOEL 3-0 at home and leave Borussia Dortmund having gained a 3-1 win, leaving them joint top the group with a six-point advantage on third-placed Dortmund. They could go clear of the group with a win on Tuesday, as they face second-placed Tottenham who are keen to proceed with their impressive run of form since the start of the campaign.
Tottenham, at last, broke Wembley jinx on Saturday as they edged to victory over Bournemouth, asserting their first Premier League win at Wembley. They have been extraordinary in the Champions League so far this season and the Londoners will be looking to pull off a miracle against Los Blancos tonight.
Spurs are extremely efficient at the back and they have a world class striker driving the line for them. In the event that they can hold of Ronaldo and Real Madrid playmaker Isco on the counter, Spurs have a decent possibility of getting something out of this game.
Los Blancos have conceded in 75% of their competitive games this season, but have won 75% of them also. also winning 91% of their Champions League home games since their last loss in 2009. Tottenham have scored in 80% of their away games in the Champions League and have scored in 100% of their away matches this season.
Possible Real Madrid Starting Lineup (4-3-3):
Navas; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Casemiro; Ronaldo, Benzema, Asensio
Possible Tottenham Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1):
Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Dier, Winks; Son, Alli, Eriksen; Kane
Prediction: Over 2.5
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