Manchester City vs SSC Napoli: All you need to know about this match
Manchester City and Napoli are heading towards an intense battle in the gameweek 3 of the UEFA Champions League.
Competition – Champions League
Date – 17th October, 2017,Tuesday(UK)18th September 2017, Wednesday(India)
Time – 7:45 pm (UK), 12:15 am (IST)
Venue – Etihad Stadium, Manchester
TV Info – BT Sport(UK), Fox Sports(US), Sony Ten 3(India), beIN Sports
Live Stream – beIn Sports Live, Fox Sports Go, Sony Liv
Manchester City and Napoli are set to lock horns at the Etihad Stadium. Both Manchester City and Napoli need to win this match to solidify their grip on top spot.
Pressure is high on Pep Guardiola to lead his side to Champions League glory this time after enduring a frustrating round-of-16 exit last season against Monaco. City have started this season brightly sitting at the top of the Premier League table with 7 wins and 1 draw in 8 matches. They are scoring for fun. In Champions League, they beat Feyenoord 4-0 and Shaktar 2-0 to maintain a solid start.
This is Manchester City’s 6th straight Champions League presence with semi-final appearance in 2015-16 Champions League being their best performance till date.
Napoli, on the other hand, will step up in Champions League gameweek 3 bossing at the top of the Serie A table with 8 wins out of possible 8 and scoring loads of goals. Napoli manager Sarri follows almost same kind of footballing philosophy as Guardiola – attacking, high pressing and possessional based play. Under Sarri, they are a treat to watch. Their Champions League campaign though hit a stumbling block when they lost their away match against Shaktar Donetsk but fought back brilliantly to beat Feyenoord in next gameweek.
Recent form (Last 5 matches – All Competitions):
Manchester City – W W W W W
Napoli – W W W W W
Probable line-up: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Danilo, Fernandinho, David Silva, De Bruyne, Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Sterling
Formation – 4-3-3
— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) October 16, 2017
Injuries and Suspensions: Vincent Kompany(Injured), Benjamin Mendy(Injured)
Probable line-up: Reina, Hysaz, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam, Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik, Callejon, Mertens, Insigne
Formation – 4-3-3
— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) October 16, 2017
Injuries and Suspensions: Arkadiusz Milik(Injured)
Manchester City and Napoli previously met 2 times with Napoli won one of them and the other match ended in a stalemate.
Both Napoli and Manchester City need to claim all the 3 points from this clash to make sure their European journey to the next round receives a smooth path. Both the teams have fearsome attacking frontline but Manchester City have slightly better quality in their ranks to pull off an win. I will go with a hard fought 2-1 in favour of Manchester City.