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Liverpool vs Napoli - 12/12/18 UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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At Anfield, Liverpool will host Napoli in the final round of games in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool lost to PSG in their previous Champions League. That loss cost Liverpool a spot in the top 2 and they now need to win by 2 goals or more to ensure they can make it into the round of 16 of this competition. Leading up to this fixture, Liverpool has looked very strong as they have won every game since their loss to PSG and that has allowed them to move into top spot in the English Premier League. Liverpool have an exceptional record in the Champions League as they won the title in 2005 and finished second last season. With such a strong European record and this match set to be played at home, Liverpool will fancy their chances of winning this match.

On the other side of the coin, Napoli remain top of the group and they will know that a draw is enough to guarantee qualification. Napoli had a dominant win last weekend as they won 4-0 at home with Milik scoring twice. This is an important game for Napoli and they rested the likes of Mertens and Callejon over the weekend meaning the team should be fresh heading into this fixture.

When Liverpool and Napoli met earlier in the tournament at Naples, Napoli won 1-0 meaning the Italian side will have the head-to-head momentum heading into this fixture.

This should be a very close game since both Liverpool and Napoli are playing exceptional football and are filled with very talented players like Salah, Mertens, Hamsik and Mane. Liverpool have the advantage of playing at home but considering Napoli are leading in the group, I see the Italian side shutting out Liverpool. I see a low scoring draw as the result of this fixture.

 

Pick:
Draw

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