Napoli vs Athletic Bilbao [Champions League Play-Offs Prediction, August 19th]

Napoli were pitted against Athletic Club Bilbao for a place in the Champions League group stage, seeing as they finished third in Serie A and Bilbao fourth in La Liga. The hosts are confident of qualifying further, and shake off all talks about the pressure on the team to deliver after investing so much money in their current squad. Rafa Benitez stated his Napoli side “Arrives ready for this tie. Our spirit is the right one and we too can count on great passion.”

Athletic played 13 matches against the Italian teams, and managed to win 7 and lose four while the other two ended in draws. Tomorrow their main man in the defense Gurpegui turns 34 years old and he looks forward to stop Napoli from scoring. Ernesto Valverde has been preparing the meeting by studying Napoli’s tactics in details, thus having options for Benitez’ 4-2-3-1 line up. Higuain and Callejon are Napoli’s creative minds in the forward line, and they have managed to score 44 goals together.

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Napoli are unbeaten in five games at home in European competitions, and their squad has Spanish power to help them overcome Athletic Club and qualify for the group stage. Bilbao has not reported any injuries for their squad prior to their trip to Italy, while Aduriz is tipped to score especially after his hat-trick against Gladbach in a pre-season friendly.

Bilbao are given 4.50 odds to win, while Napoli has 1.80 to win outright at 888sport. Napoli to win the second half is at 2.10, Bilbao at 4.40 and both teams to score in the second half is at 3.65. Seeing as Higuain has been in great form so far, we are going to bet 8 units on the ex-Real Madrid player to score anytime at 2.23 with 888sport.

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