Our prediction for this Champions League match:
After holding Napoli to a 1-1 draw at Stadio San Paolo, Barcelona will be looking to get their job done in the Champions League last 16 when they host the Serie A outfit at their Camp Nou. Barca failed to defend their La Liga title, meaning that boss Quique Setien is under big pressure ahead of the visit of Napoli. As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Argentina superstar Leo Messi, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.
Both Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal are sidelined through suspension, while Frankie De Jong and Luis Suarez miss the game with injury. The Neapolitans face an uphill task in the return leg, but seeing that Barca head into the match with a severely-weakened squad, both teams to score betting option should be considered. Fernando Llorente is sidelined with injury for the visitors, while Amin Younes and Faouzi Ghoulam are not eligible.
Highlighted Player (Lionel Messi):
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario and he began his football career at Newell’s Old Boys. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but having realized his potential at a young age, Barcelona decided to pay for his treatment.
Messi joined Barca in 2001 and he has been playing for the Camp Nou outfit ever since. The Argentine magician has won eight La Liga trophies with Barca and he helped the Catalan giants lift no less than four Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2014/2015).
In the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign Messi scored 50 goals for Barca, while netting 14 goals in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign. The five-time Golden Ball award winner has established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, but he has yet to win a trophy with Argentina national team at major tournaments. Leo Messi, though, has won Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), with la Albiceleste.
Highlighted Team (Napoli):
SSC Napoli is an Italian football club from the city of Naples which is playing currently in the Serie A. The club was founded officially in 1926 but the history from Napoli reaches back to 1904 with the club Naples Foot-Ball & Cricket Club that fused with Internazionale Napoli and was called FBC Internaples.
After 4 seasons the club changed its name to SSC Napoli (Societa Sportiva Calcio).
In the end of the eighties Napoli had the biggest success in the club history with the Argentinian legend Diego Maradona. Diego Maradona was able to win the league title twice, the national cup and the UEFA cup. The moment Maradona left the club Napoli got into big financial trouble.
In 2004 the local club was bankrupt. Despite the help of financial investors the club got regulated to the Serie C. After 6 years of playing in lower divisions Napoli managed to get back in the Serie A in season 2007/2008. Famous players that played for the club from Naples are: Maradona, Zola, Cavani, Blanc, Di Canio, Cannavaro.