PREDICTION Napoli vs Nice: A Heavy Challenge For Partenopei
Napoli will face Nice in the first leg Champions League play-off at the San Paolo Stadium on Thursday (17/8) early morning hrs Agen Sbobet Terpercaya. Can Maurizio Sarri’s troops win this crucial match?
Napoli faces a tough test because their opponents from France can surprise anyone if they are in their ideal form. In addition Nice will be a confident team after beating last year’s Europa League finalist Ajax from this competition.
Napoli are eyeing their Champions League appearance in a row. In the last season, they showed a decent performance in this competition, and managed to reach the last 16 before being knocked out by Real Madrid.
Napoli entered this game after a good pre-season. They beat Bayern Munich and Espanyol and drew against Bournemouth in a recent game. After playing 8 warm-up matches, their team will be at the peak of fitness.
Nice itself has a brief history in the UEFA competition. They returned to European competition for the first time in 15 years in the 2013/14 season. They lost in a qualifying match against Apollon of Cyprus on that occasion. They finally managed to qualify for the Europa League last season, but failed to compete up to the peak phase.
Key players Napoli vs. Nice
Napoli need a win in their home game this time, and the role of Dries Mertens desperately needed his team to achieve that. As the main spearhead of the team, Mertens has a duty to dismantle the Nice defense, and he has a nice attribute to do that.
As Napoli’s main striker, Mertens has a reliable pace to trouble Nice’s defense. In addition, he also has an excellent kick accuracy that can get him a goal through a small chance. Nice defense must be wary of the movement of this player.
As an experienced player, Dante will serve as the main door in the Nice defense to stem the front-line attack Napoli. The clean sheet is the thing that Nice shoots at San Paolo, therefore the role of Dante will be very important for his team to achieve success in this match.
After reinforcing big clubs like Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg, Dante has a wealth of experience to play in high level competitions, and it is needed by Nice to keep their focus against big teams like Napoli.
Prediction of the composition of Napoli vs Nice players
Napoli XI: Pepe Reina, Mário Rui, Koulibaly, Maggio, Tonelli, Ghoulam, Jorginho, Leandrinho, Diawara, Ounas, Hamšík, Allan, José Callejón, Pavoletti, Mertens, Insigne.
Nice XI: Cardinale, Souquet, M. Sarr, Dalbert Henrique, Dante, Le Marchand, Lees Melou, Eysseric, Marcel, Koziello, Srarfi, Seri, Balotelli, Pléa.
Napoli have undergone a strong pre-season, and have a decent squad to compete in the Champions League. However Nice are also a dangerous team at the moment, and have not lost any important players they had last season. The game is expected to run fiercely, with open games from both teams.
Prediction score: Napoli 2-1 Nice