Liverpool vs. Napoli
|Date & Time||Sunday July 28, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
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UEFA Champions League winners, Liverpool are set to play against Napoli in a preseason friendly.
Liverpool enters this match having played Sporting Lisbon in their previous preseason friendly. It was a close contest that finished as a 2-2 draw. Liverpool played well during the match as they controlled 56% of the possession and had 16 shots. Divock Origi was very impressive for Liverpool as the Belgian striker scored the opening goal for Liverpool. Georginio Wijnaldum also scored for Liverpool. Key players like Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firminho are all missing from the club as they have been given added vacation due to their international commitments. It is expected that Liverpool will play a similar squad in this game.
Looking at Napoli, the team only managed a 3-3 draw against Cremonese in their previous preseason match. It was an extremely poor result for Napoli since their opposition were significantly weaker. This will be the first major match for Napoli since they are yet to play a big team in preseason. There are many potential signings arriving at Napoli with the likes of Icardi, Nicolas Pepe and James Rodriguez potential targets. That being said, Napoli are yet to make any major acquisitions. This could be a tough match for Napoli as the team has not properly begun preseason and the players look very rusty.
This match between Napoli and Liverpool is set to take place at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Liverpool to win this match. Liverpool are a very strong team and the squad have been in preseason mode for a few weeks. Napoli, on the other hand, have just begun preseason and the players are still lacking match time. Liverpool looked in decent touch during their match against Sporting Lisbon and I see the team being good enough to defeat Napoli in this fixture.