Preview - Napoli vs Paris Saint Germain 07 November 18

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Nov 06, 2018, 05:32 PM Last Edit: Nov 06, 2018, 05:41 PM by Harry85
Champions' League Group C
Napoli vs. Paris Saint Germain
Wednesday, November 7th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo

Last five matches form: W W D D W
Average goals per match: 2.18
Average goals against per match: 1.09
Top Scorer: Dries Mertens & Lorenzo Insigne (7)

Paris Saint Germain:
Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 3.42
Average goals against per match: 0.58
Top Scorer: Kylian Mbappé (11)

We have a cracker in store in Group C in the Champions League this week between two sides who are bang in-form at present as Napoli play host to Paris Saint Germain.

The sides played out a 2-2 draw at the Parc Des Princes on Match Day 3. It was Napoli who will have been the more disappointed with that result in the end though as it took a late equaliser from PSG to deny the Italian side all three points. With just a point separating the sides in second and third place respectively in Group C, the result of this may well be pivotal in determining who will make it through to the knockout stages.

Thomas Tuchel's main objective when handed the reins at PSG was to achieve success in the Champions League. As such this may well be his highest-pressure match to date. PSG have won 15 of their last 17 in all competitions. The two games they haven't won did both come in the Champions League though, having lost at Liverpool in addition to that draw with Napoli.

Napoli have lost just one of their past eleven in all competitions - away to Juventus. They were held to a draw at home against Roma but bounced back to wining ways at the weekend when thumping Empoli 5-1.

Vlad Chiriches, Simone Verdi and Amin Younes are out for the home side. Colin Dagba, Dani Alves and Layvin Kurzawa will be missing for PSG.

This looks a tough game for PSG who can seem to struggle to raise their level against elite opposition. That said they do have possibly the in-form striker in the world game at present in Kylian Mbappé and a repeat of the score-line from the first game between the sides wouldn't be a surprise.

Prediction: Napoli 2 - 2 Paris Saint Germain


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 -1
Shots:  8 - 20
Shots on target: 1 - 10
Corner Kicks: 3 - 10
Possession: 37% - 63%

Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic were booked for the home side, with referee Szymon Marciniak also taking the name of Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona.

Inter Milan somehow escaped with a point from this one, despite being battered from almost start to finish by Barcelona. Managing just the one shot on target over the course of ninety minutes, that's all they needed in the end as Barca failed to capitalize on their superiority.

Chances came and went for Barcelona. Luis Suárez having the best of them in the opening period with a snapshot from inside the area, but Samir Handanovic saving well.

The pattern of play continued in the same vain in the second half. Rakitic seeing an effort well saved, and crossing back into the area for Suárez to turn in. With the ball having crossed the goal line prior to the cross though the effort was chalked off.

As we entered the final ten minutes it began to look like Barcelona would struggle to make the breakthrough. Then in the 83rd minute Philippe Coutinho bamboozled his marker on halfway to break towards the Inter box and feed Malcom on the right. The Brazilian - who had only been on the field for 90 seconds cut inside onto his left and fired into the bottom left corner.

Having worked so hard for the lead, Barcelona then gave it up within four minutes, as Inter struck late yet again. The ball breaking into the Barca area and Matias Vecino's scuffed effort falling to hit man Mauro Icardi around six yards out. Smart control, turn and low finish from Icardi. 1-1 final score.

Barcelona are now all but certain to qualify for the knockout stages. Even should they lose their final  two games it would take something of a miraculous turn around in goal difference with both Inter and Tottenham for them to fail to make it. A big point for Inter keeping them three points clear of third placed Tottenham.

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