Benfica vs Napoli prediction 2016.12.06:
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On December 6, 2016 at 20:forty five (CET) in Lisbon, at the football enviornment “Eshtadiu da Luz” there’s to be performed the closing in shape of the crew stage of the Champions League, which may make a decision the fate of first position amongst Benfica, taking the Italian Napoli, and Besiktas.
All three previous encounters between Benfica and Napoli were won by way of the home workforce (2008/09 UEFA Cup, 2016/17 Champions League). Benfica have gained none of their five Champions League video games against Italian aspects (D2 L3). Meanwhile, Napoli have gained best one of their five away video games against Portuguese opposition in all competitions (D2 L2), it was once against Porto in the 1974/seventy five UEFA Cup (1-zero). Italian clubs are winless in their final 9 visits to Portugal within the Champions League (D7 L2). AC Milan are the final Italian workforce to win on Portuguese soil, again within the 1992/ninety three adaptation against Porto (1-zero). Napoli will qualify for the Champions League knockout levels in the event that they avoid defeat against Benfica, even as even a loss might be enough as long as Besiktas lose towards Dynamo Kiev.
Meanwhile, a win for the Lisbon aspect would warranty them a situation in the Champions League final sixteen whilst any other outcomes can be elegant on Besiktas’ performance against Dynamo Kiev. Benfica have lost most effective two of their last 15 Champions League house video games (W9 D4). They’ve additionally located the online in 13 of those 15 games. In the meantime, Napoli’s nine Champions League games far from residence have certainly not ended goalless (W3 D2 L4). Benfica have struck the woodwork five instances of their final two Champions League games, including 4 in opposition to Besiktas on the last matchday. Napoli are winless in their last three Champions League games (D2 L1), their longest run with out a victory in the competitors. Nonetheless, Napoli have gained their final workforce recreation in every of their earlier two Champions League appearances. Eduardo Salvio has scored three and assisted two of Benfica’s final seven Champions League goals at the same time Dries Mertens has scored three and assisted certainly one of Napoli’s last six Champions League ambitions.
Benfica’s unbeaten streak came to a disappointing end on Friday night as Maritimo beat them 2-1 within the Portuguese Primeira Liga, and now they must select themselves up and play out a imperative healthy within the last round of the Champions League crew stage.
Coming into this ultimate round Benfica, Napoli, and Besiktas are all in with a very good shout of taking the top spot, and none of them are assured qualification to the knockout phases. Napoli currently keep the talents, with them leading Benfica on face to face outcome however only one factor ahead of third placed Besiktas. If Besiktas win in opposition to backside of the table Dynamo Kiev this sort of two teams shall be dealing with an early exit.
Benfica’s total type looks very promising although. They’ve won eight, drawn three, and lost one of their last 12 video games in all competitions, and at dwelling they’ve won six suits on the soar and haven’t lost all season. Their final competitive defeat at dwelling was once in February, and their last 5 matches have seen them ranking 17 goals and concede none.
With Jonas sidelined with a long run damage the onus has been on different avid gamers to attain the targets. Pizzi and Eduardo Salvio have five apiece in all competitions and with three of Salvio’s coming within the Champions League he looks the first-rate alternative for our each time goalscorer predictions.
Napoli’s Jose Callejon has stepped up to the plate considering that Arkadiusz Milik’s injury, and he has found the online seven instances in Serie A. Nevertheless, he’s but to hit the again of the net within the Champions League, with Dries Mertens’ three targets making him Napoli’s top scorer within the competitors.
Napoli started out the season very good, however ever since Milik’s harm in October they have struggled. They’ve gained simply four of their 11 fits considering the fact that his damage and they have got drawn 4 of their last six.
Benfica are obviously in the better form of the two aspects and have the house potential as well. They understand that they want a win to warranty qualification, whereas a draw could be ample for Napoli.