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Napoli V Real Madrid
Tuesday 7th March 2017
20:45 Kick Off on BT Sport 1 available with GibSat
Real Madrid will be glad to have Ronaldo and Bale confirmed to be back in the line up tonight after a minor injury and suspension saw them both miss Los Galácticos 4 – 1 away win to Eibar at the weekend. However Zidane has stressed that despite the 3 – 1 home win to Napoli in the first leg, there will be no room for complacency;
“[The lead] does not change anything, we cannot alter our mindset. Whether we are drawing, or even three or two or one goals up, it cannot change our attitude. It’s important for us to keep the mindset that we’ve had so far. We always go out and play our game and try to win. I’m not worried, I know that we are playing against a great team. There will be some brave players and we’ll see a great match, but we have our game-plan. For them that start will be very intense as they have to score.”
Napoli come into the match after a 2 – 1 away win to Roma in the Serie A which was a huge game as both teams tussle for 2nd place and a guaranteed Champions League spot next year. Moreover Zindane is dead on when he describes them as a great side; Napoli have scored 68 goals in the Serie A (compared to Real’s 67 in La Liga) more than any other side in the Italian top tier this season. Moreover, Stadio San Paolo is a tough place to visit and you can be sure the fans will add to the intense atmosphere is what is sure to be a great match.
I don’t see much value in Madrid to qualify @1/9, these ‘sure’ things are likely to happen but heavy odds on will only sting you in the long run. Real Madrid are currently @11/8 best price with Bet Fred to win in 90 mins. You can get @2/1 on Napoli to win in 90 mins with various firms and the draw is best @29/10 with bet365 and Bet Victor. I’d be expecting goals from both sides and you can get Total Goals Over 3.5 @11/10 with a few firms. Cristiano Ronaldo to score 1st is currently best priced @4/1 with Paddy Powers, given the pressure Napoli are under to score, this may leave them vulnerable at the back and I think that’s a great price for Ronaldo to take advantage.