UEFA Champions League, kick-off at 7:45pm Tuesday 17th October 2017 from the Etihad Stadium
One of the standout fixtures from round three of the Champions League on Tuesday takes place at the Etihad Stadium where Premier League leaders Manchester City take on big-punching Serie A side Napoli in Group F. The locals have a 100% competition record this season, and are fancied to extend that with another maximum.
If the pool goes as expected, both Man City and Napoli will progress to the knock-out stages of the competition with minimal fuss. Napoli go into the night third however, behind Shakhtar Donetsk. Lose here and they could find themselves with an uphill struggle. What’s the chances of an upset? Follow our betting tips and predictions to find out.
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Team News – Man City
Manchester City finally got their noses in front in the Premier League title race at the weekend, just as we always knew they would. The free-spending locals have been thoroughly impressive so far this season, scoring goals, keeping clean-sheets and picking up points. They started October in some style, and while Man Utd were drawing 0-0 with Liverpool, Pep’s boys raged to a 7-2 win at this venue vs Stoke. Breath-taking – but there’s plenty more to come.
The pre-season favourites for the title got the job done thanks to goals from Jesus x2, Sterling, Silva, Fernandinho, Sane and Bernardo Silva. Diouf hit back for the shell-shocked visitors, Walker scoring an own-goal early in the second-half, but there was never a time in the match where fans thought City could drop points. Kevin De Bruyne was again the star of the show, giving yet another man of the match performance. He can be taken in your betting tips and predictions to score on Tuesday at 12/5 anytime, or 17/2 first, both with 888Sport.
Manchester City and Napoli have met only twice before, home and away in this competition back in the 2011/12 campaign. Interestingly, it finished 1-1 in England and 2-1 to Napoli in the reverse. We have a very different City side here, but you can take this one to follow form, both teams to score trading 9/20 (Sportingbet). A home win appeals when building accas, 8/13 available when getting your stake money down at Boylesports.
Team News – Napoli
Napoli also lead the way domestically, sitting pretty at the top of Serie A going into the week. With eight games on the board they have a perfect record of eight wins, 26 goals scored, against five conceded. That makes Tuesday’s meeting just a little bit more exciting, doesn’t it? The Light Blues were last seen beating Roma 1-0 away from home on Saturday to extend their purple patch. That followed a 3-0 win vs Cagliari.
Despite their domestic form, Napoli fell to defeat on the opening day of this competition, beaten 2-1 by Shakhtar Donetsk in a real upset on the road. Taison and Ferreyra were both on target for the winning side, Milik forcing a reply and an edgy finish from the penalty spot. They pushed for the draw, but it never came. Maurizio Sarri’s crew had more joy when smashing Feyenoord 3-1 in Italy last month, giving them something solid to build on.
Despite their Serie A form, it would rate as a real surprise to odds compilers if Napoli were to get anything out of this match. There’s a chunky 9/2 at Sportingbet if you fancy chancing the upset, while a draw sits in the middle, a place on the fence valued at 7/2 with Betfair. Napoli +1 on the handicap is 11/8 through the same firm.
Man City vs Napoli – UEFA Champions League Tips and Betting Predictions
Odds compilers confuse me here. They have Napoli at 9/2 and the draw 7/2, suggesting this is a solid home win, but then they offer a very decent 8/13 (Boylesports) on the locals doing as expected. That’s better than I imagined it would be, and although this should be competitive, that’s the NAP of our betting tips. Use it wisely in your accumulators.
Correct score time, giving us a shot at a decent pay-out, and we’re having 2-0 Man City as the next best of our predictions. Napoli have been scoring plenty of goals, but they’ll find City in the best form we’ve seen from them in years. The locals will want to make a real statement, and can do with a win to nil. Follow our thinking at 11/1 (Boylesports).
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