Preview - PSG vs Napoli 25 October 18

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Champions' League Group C
Paris Saint Germain vs. Napoli
Thursday, October 25th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Parc des Princes

Paris Saint Germain: 
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 3.70
Average goals against per match: 0.60
Top Scorer: Kylian Mbappé (9)

Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.11
Top Scorer: Lorenzo Insigne (6)

The top-class action continues to come thick and fast in the Champions League. Over in France we have another huge game as French giants PSG play host to Serie A runners up, Napoli.

PSG are probably the most dominant side on the continent at present on a domestic level. Quite simply nobody in Ligue 1 is able to even get near them. Played 10, won 10, scored 37 and conceded 6, they will have the title all but sewn up by Christmas at this rate. The real challenge though is are they able to do it in the Champions League? They bounced back from an opening night loss to Liverpool when smashing six past Crvena Zvzeda last time out but will face far sterner opposition here.

Napoli seem to be warming to the Ancelotti way now, with five wins in their past six games, and four clean sheets in their past five. 3-0 winners away at Udinese at the weekend, and hugely impressive when beating Liverpool in their last champions league game, they won't let PSG have things all their own way here.

PSG have the more injuries headed into this. Thiago Silva, Dani Alves, Layvin Kurzawa and Colin Dagba all miss out. Vlad Chiriches is the only confirmed absentee for Napoli.

As well as Napoli are playing, they did come unstuck on their most recent away trip to a genuine powerhouse - when losing 3-1 at Juventus - and with PSG firing on all cylinders at present, we suspect it may be a similar story here.

Prediction: Paris Saint Germain 3 - 1 Napoli


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  11 - 13
Shots on target: 7 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 - 2
Possession: 53% - 47%

Marquinhos and Julian Draxler were booked for the home side in this one, with Dries Mertens, Mario Rui, Jose Maria Callejon, Nikola Maksimovic and David Ospina of Napoli also having their names taken by referee Felix Zwayer.

Another excellent display from Napoli who are starting to look close to the side who did so well last season. Having beaten Liverpool in their Champions League outing, they came oh so close to picking up another notable scalp here, only being denied victory by an own goal and a late, late equaliser.

Napoli certainly weren't intimidated and were thoroughly prepared to take the game to their hosts. An approach which nearly paid off early, Dries Mertens a little unlucky to see his volleyed effort come back off the crossbar.

Then in the 29th minute the Italian side did take the lead. Jose Maria Callejon splitting the PSG defence to play in the bang in form Lorenzo Insigne. Clever dinked finish over the outrushing keeper from Insigne. 0-1 at the break.

PSG were beginning to take control at the start of the second half and in the 61st minute they had their equaliser. Thomas Meunier's low cross from the right taking a wicked deflection off Mario Rui and flying into the top right. Keeper no chance.

Credit to Napoli though, they didn't lie down and after 77 minutes they were back in front. Fabian's strike from outside the area being blocked by the back of Marquinhos, but dropping perfectly for the lurking Mertens to stab into the bottom right corner.

PSG left it late, all the way until the third minute of stoppage time, but in the end,  they did salvage a point from this game. Angel Di Maria receiving the ball just outside the area to the right-hand side and curling a great effort into the top left corner. 2-2 final score.

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