Our football match prediction:
Real Madrid have been handed an easy draw for the Champions League knockout stages. Los Blancos are regarded as hot favourites to win the two-legged tie against Napoli, but the Spanish giants will have to prove their worth on the field. Cristiano Ronaldo found the net in a 3-1 win over Osasuna and the Portuguese superstar helped the capital club move one step closer to winning the La Liga trophy. Real Madrid are eager to defend their Champions League title as well and we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in the first leg. Over the years Napoli have turned their Stadio San Paolo into a real fortress, but their away record is anything but impressive and the Partenopei are unlikely to spoil Real Madrid’s party at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Dries Mertens is enjoying a season to remember and he could prove a handful for the opposition defenders in Wednesday’s football match.
Highlighted Player (Pepe):
Pepe is a professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid as a defender. The Portuguese international played for Maritimo at the start of his senior career and in 2004 he moved to Porto. After making 64 league appearances for the Dragons, he signed a contract with Real Madrid in 2007 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. Pepe is well known for his hard tackles and referees often show him red card. The Real Madrid centre back often played as a defensive midfielder under Jose Mourinho and it has to be noted that he scored five goals in all competitions in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign. The Portuguese footballer won his second Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in the 2015/2016 season and later in 2016 he helped A Selecao win the European Championship trophy. Portugal defeated France in the title game and Pepe played an important role in Fernando Santos’ team in the Euro 2016 final. The Real Madrid defender was born in Maceio, Brazil on 26 February, 1983.
Highlighted Team (Napoli):
Napoli SSC is an Italian football club from the city of Naples which is playing currently in the Serie A. The club was founded officialy in1926 but the history from Napoli reaches back to 1904 with the club Naples Foot-Ball & Cricket Club that fused with Internazionale Napoli and was calledFBC Internaples. After 4 seasons the club changed it’s 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 bank rupt. 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.