NAP vs BAR Dream11: Napoli will play hosts to Barcelona in the first leg of UEFA Champions League round-of-16 match at Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday night (IST). Barcelona will be looking for a fresh start in the Champions League under new manager Quique Setien after not doing enough in this competition since winning it in 2015. Napoli are also under new management after Carlo Ancelotti's sacking with the club appointing Gennaro Gattuso as the new boss. He has plenty of experience of this competition as a player, winning the competition twice with AC Milan.
Host: Napoli Visitors: Barcelona Competition: UEFA Champions League Match Venue: Stadio San Paolo Capacity: 55,000 Match Timing: February 26, @01:30 AM
Dream11 Football Prediction – Odds checker:
Napoli to win: 3.42 (121/50), Probability to happen: 29.24% Barcelona to win: 2.20 (6/5), Probability to happen: 45.45% Draw: 3.64 (66/25), Probability to happen: 27.47%
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Napoli vs Barcelona Team News:
Napoli Team News:
Napoli suffered a huge set-back before this game as centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has been ruled out due to am injury and is not part of the squad.
He joins Faouzi Ghoulam and Kevin Malcuit on the sideline for this game.
How Napoli may line-up?
Koulibaly's absence means Nikola Maksimovic and Kostas Manolas will partner in the heart of the backline with Mario Rui and Giovanni Lorenzo starting at left and right-back respectively.
Diego Demme may keep Allan out of the playing 11 and so could start in the midfield.
Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens, and Matteo Politano will start up top.
Napoli key players:
Lorenzo Insigne: He may not be scoring as frequently as he is capable of doing, he is a star in this team, one of the best players for Gattuso.
Dries Mertens: He has scored five times in the Champions League this season, his best return in any season.
Fabian Ruiz: Napoli‘s prized-asset. He will be key here for the Naples for his hold-up play and passing will determine whether Napoli get something out of this match or not.
Napoli named the following squad to face Barcelona:
Barcelona have a lengthy injury list with five first-team players out of this game.
Luis Suarez is done for the season due to a knee injury, while the same can be said about winger Ousmane Dembele.
Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto are also missing from the team these days due to injuries, while new signing Martin Braithwaite is ineligible to play for the club in the Champions League.
Barcelona key players:
Lionel Messi: Scored four times at the weekend, and became the first-ever player in the history to play a role in 1000 or more goals in Europe. He will be your first choice for captaincy, we know that.
Antoine Griezmann: The Frenchman has definitely a point to prove, for he has some doubters about his impact and importance to this Barcelona team. What about playing a starry role in the Champions League.
Barcelona squad to face Napoli:
Goalkeepers: Marc-André ter Stegen, Neto, Iñaki Peña
Defenders: Nélson Semedo, Gerard Piqué, Clément Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Ronald Araujo, Sergio Akieme
Midfielders: Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Frenkie De Jong, Arturo Vidal, Riqui Puig, Álex Collado
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati
Napoli vs Barcelona predicted playing 11:
Napoli: Ospina (GK), Di Lorenzo, Kostas Manolas, Nikola Maksimovic, Mario Rui, Fabian Ruiz, Diego Demme, Piotr Zielinski, Matteo Politano, Arkadiusz Milik, Lorenzo Insigne Barcelona: Marc Andre ter Stegen (GK), Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Junior Firpo, Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati
NAP vs BAR Dream11 Teams:
Goalkeeper: Ospina Defenders: Manolas, Firpo, Pique Midfielders: Fabian Ruiz, Politano, F D Jong, Rakitic Forwards: Milik, Insigne (VC), Messi (S)