Napoli v Arsenal Preview

December 10, 2013 | By

Sky Bet - £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountUEFA Champions League action Wednesday Night comes from The Stadio San Paolo and features Napoli versus Arsenal.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Napoli v Arsenal Preview, Champions League, Wednesday 11th December 2013

Napoli will be fully aware that only a victory will do in this game if they are to stand any chance of progressing through to the final 16 of this tournament and then all Napoli fans must hope that Olympique Marseille have managed to cause an upset and either beat or drawn against Borussia Dortmund in their final game of the group.

Unfortunately, this does not look a likely event as Olympique Marseille have lost all five of the group games played and have only managed to score four times and those sort of stats will not exactly inspire Napoli or their fans.

Arsenal are already through to the last 16 of the tournament and Arsene Wenger could give a number of squad players a chance to gain some vital experience during this game, but with Arsenal needing just a point to secure passage into the next round as group winners, we will probably see a very strong starting lineup to begin with for this game.

Napoli v Arsenal Team News

Napoli Team News:

Giandomenico Mesto, Camilo Zuniga and Marek Hamsik are all unavailable for the hosts as each player continues to receive treatment for respective injury problems. 4-2-3-1 looks the likely formation that manager Rafa Benitez will use for this game, which will Higuain leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Insigne, Pandev and Callejon.

Jose Callejon and Gonzalo Higuain are the clubs current top goalscorers this season with 7 each.

Arsenal Team News:

Bacary Sagna, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Vassiriki Diaby and Lukas Podolski remain unavailable for the visitors as each player continues recovery for respective injury problems. 4-3-3 looks the likely formation that manager Arsene Wenger will use for this game, which will see Giroud leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Wilshere, Ozil and Walcott.

Aaron Ramsey is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with 8.

Napoli v Arsenal Head to Head Statistics

Wednesday night’s game from the Stadio San Paolo will become just the 3rd meeting between the two clubs over the years of which Napoli have won 0 games, Arsenal have won 1 game and the remaining game finished all square.

01/10/13 UCL Arsenal – Napoli 2 : 0
03/08/13 CLF Arsenal Napoli 2 : 2

Average Goals Per Game?

16 goals have been scored between both clubs during their previous five group stage matches which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 3.20 which suggests that this game should see at least a few goals scored on wednesday night.

Napoli v Arsenal Recent Form

Napoli: L L L W D

Arsenal: W W W W D

Arsenal have a commanding advantage on the recent form statistics and have managed to win four of their last five matches played. Napoli have found things much different having only managed to win one of their last five matches played, of which they have lost three.

Napoli v Arsenal Match Betting Odds Market.

Napoli must win this game to stand any real hope of progressing through to the next round of the tournament and with Arsenal maybe looking to rest a few key players the online bookmakers have the hosts priced up as the clear favourites to win this game at a best price of 31/20 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw would be enough for Arsene Wengers side to guarantee the group winners spot and with his side playing some of their best football for many years, one would think that the visitors field a team strong enough to ensure they return home with what’s needed and at a current best price of 13/5 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) this does look the value play here.

Arsenal are as big as 2/1 with Coral (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) to win this game which is also huge value considering the way they are playing at the moment and I fully expect to see plenty of interest on the away win here, despite Arsenal already having qualified for the next round.

Napoli v Arsenal Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

If Arsenal play their strongest side in this game then I would expect them to win as they really have been in excellent form this season, both in this competition and the Premiership and with Napoli missing a couple of key players to their squad via injury, the visitors have more than a fair chance of returning home with all 3pts.

Napoli must win and hope that Olympique Marseille do them a favour and get at least something against Borussia Dortmund, but with Marseille having only scored four times during their five group games played of which they have lost them all, it should only be a matter of time before Robert Lewandowski and Co take control of that match and as soon as that happens the Napoli players heads will drop and this should leave Arsenal with a clear advantage to win the game.

The goal stats suggest a few goals to be scored during this one, so betting markets like Both Teams to Score YES, Total Match Goals 2 or 3 and Anytime Goalscorer are also worth taking a closer look at, but for me I have to stick with Arsene Wengers side to win this game and progress through to the next round as group winners.

The Verdict

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Category: Europe, Football, Group Stage, Season 2013-14, UEFA Champions League

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