Benfica vs Napoli
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 06 December 2016
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
There is so much on the line in this group as there is a high chance that one of these teams what are currently tied at the top of group B could drop out of qualification. Napoli only have a single goal advantage over Benfica, and only a point and a goal over Besiktas in third.
The key for either of these teams is to win, if they win they are guaranteed qualification, as well as top spot in a tightly contested group. Napoli have a slight advantage over Benfica at the moment, but that will only come into play if there is a draw. Should these two draw in this game, and it be a goalless draw, then if Besiktas bead Kiev – which is likely – by two goals, then it will be the Turkish side that takes top spot and Benfica will not qualify.
Napoli will do well to score goals in this game, even if it leads to a draw, as they can still survive if they pick up a point, but they need to overtake Benfica on goal difference with Besiktas suspected to get three points and jump to nine. Goal difference becomes so important in this group, but a team like Napoli who are slightly on the backfoot, they could make everything much easier for themselves by winning this game outright and qualifying on top of the group.
Benfica vs Napoli: Previous encounter
When Benfica and Napoli met for the first time it was in Italy and Napoli took full advantage of their home ground to win there 4-2. Napoli were cruising throughout the game as they held a 4-0 lead until the 7oth minute before Benfica got on the scoresheet. Benfica made the scoreline look more respectable as they scored again four minutes from time.
Benfica vs Napoli: Prediction
This will be a far closer encounter than the almost 4-0 drubbing that happened in Italy. There is so much on the line and although goal difference is important you can count on either team grabbing a 1-0 lead and sitting on it to take all the spoils from this group. It is hard to say who will win it though, with Benfica having the home ground advantage but Napoli producing better results overall. Expect Napoli to slightly outclass Benfica for a worthwhile win.
Benfica vs Napoli: Tips
All that is needed in this game is a 1-0 win, so whoever scores first will hold tight to keep that scoreline and win the game. Bet on the first team to score to win the match.
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