The UEFA Champions League returns to the fold with another set of matches this week as Eintracht Frankfurt lock horns with an impressive Napoli side in an important clash at the Deutsche Bank Park on Tuesday.
Eintracht Frankfurt are currently in sixth place in the Bundesliga standings and have been fairly impressive so far this season. The home side eased past Werder Bremen by a 2-0 scoreline over the weekend and will need to work hard to achieve a similar result in this fixture.
Napoli, on the other hand, are at the top of the Serie A table at the moment and have been in exceptional form this season. The Neapolitan giants defeated Sassuolo by a comfortable 2-0 scoreline in their previous game and will look to take it up a notch this week.
Napoli have exceeded expectations so far this season and will be intent on making the most of their purple patch in Europe. Victor Osimhen and Khvich Kvaratskhelia have been virtually unstoppable this season and will look to add to their goal tallies this week.
Eintracht Frankfurt can pack a punch on their day but are up against one of the best teams in Europe. Napoli are the better team on paper and should be able to win this game.
Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-3 Napoli
This match will start from 1:30 am
This match will take place on 22 February 2023
Despite his team’s win over Werder at the weekend, Oliver Glasner could make at least a couple of changes on Tuesday night, and he has an almost full squad available for selection.
Eric Dina Ebimbe is still sidelined by an ankle problem, but there are no other fitness concerns for Frankfurt, who are likely to bring in Hrvoje Smolcic and Aurelio Buta to face Napoli. Smolcic, though, is one of three men facing suspension for the second leg should they be booked – his Croatian compatriot Kristijan Jakic and midfielder Makoto Hasebe are the others.
Once again, Randal Kolo Muani starts up front, and the French forward has scored in both of his last two Champions League appearances, in addition to registering 10 goals and 10 assists during his debut season in the Bundesliga.
The visitors, meanwhile, are similarly well stocked, as worries surrounding Victor Osimhen – who has now scored in seven successive Serie A matches – were quickly quelled by Luciano Spalletti after the in-form striker limped off in Friday’s win at Sassuolo.
Trapp; Smolcic, N’Dicka, Tuta; Buta, Kamada, Sow, Max; Lindstrom, Gotze; Kolo Muani
Meret; Di Lorenzo, Kim, Rrahmani, Rui; Lobotka, Anguissa, Zielinski; Lozano, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia
We say: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Napoli
Both sides are full of confidence before this clash, which pits together two Champions League outsiders seeking to challenge Europe’s established order. In spite of Napoli’s prowess, a close-fought draw could be within Frankfurt’s compass if they can get in front: they have not lost when taking the lead in the league this season, winning 11 times and drawing twice.
Tip 1: Result – Napoli
Tip 2: Game to have over 2.5 goals – Yes
Tip 3: Napoli to score first – Yes
Tip 4: Victor Osimhen to score – Yes
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Napoli win with a probability of 58.83%. A draw has a probability of 21.5% and a win for Eintracht Frankfurt has a probability of 19.69%.
The most likely scoreline for a Napoli win is 1-2 with a probability of 9.94%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 0-1 (9.51%) and 0-2 (9.42%). The likeliest drawn scoreline is 1-1 (10.04%), while for a Eintracht Frankfurt win it is 2-1 (5.3%).
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