Chelsea vs Napoli, 2nd Leg Pick, Prediction, and Odds
After a very dismal performance by Chelsea in away game, this English team meets Italian team Napoli again for return leg. The return leg is scheduled to be on March 14 and would begin at 03:45am EDT. The match would be played at Stamford Bridge Stadium, London which means that this time Chelsea would enjoy home advantage. Chelsea is not playing like as they normally do that is play aggressive football. Chelsea is one of the top English Premier League teams and the way they've played in UEFA Champions League so far they are not even close to themselves. Napoli, on the other hand, has proved to be too hot to handle. They have performed consistently and have lost only a few games in last thirteen games.
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If we talk about Chelsea's record in UEFA Champions league, they've not won any of their home knockout games in previous five years and their record this year suggests that same thing would repeat. Napoli's record has been excellent in this UEFA League. They've lost only four games out of thirteen this season and they are looking good to win many more. Napoli is in tremendous form and it has won six games consecutively and has scored 17 goals. Moreover, in its home game, Napoli outscored Chelsea and won 3-1 and this would be a huge psychological advantage. However, there are many things to consider apart from just records and statistics. Since Roberto Di Matteo has taken charge of Chelsea, they have performed better than they were performing earlier and this would ensure a nail-biting tie between these two teams.
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Can Napoli paly like they played at home and qualify to the next round? It is very likely; Napoli has a very good cushion of 3-1 which it got in its home game. That lead will make they play their natural game and Chelsea is not in greatest of its form. Napoli have played better football both individually and together as the team and have performed relatively well against top seeded teams of the tournament. In 10 games against top teams including Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus and a few others, they won five games and lost only one. Its good form and Chelsea's poor form made me to choose Napoli over Chelsea.
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Chelsea is home side and would get a lot of support from its fans but it would be interesting to see if it can really perform and win this game. My favorite team for this tie is definitely Napoli, considering their recent wins and outrageous record in this league.