Barcelona are preparing to face Napoli at the Camp Nou on August 8. The 2020 Champions League betting predictions had Barcelona as one of the favorites to win the title. However, the Spanish side has been underperforming this season. Napoli is struggling this season as well. Therefore, both teams will try to step up their performance in the Champions League. Bet on Barcelona vs Napoli for the team to advance to the quarter-finals.
Barcelona are Not Performing Up to Their Standards
Barcelona are having one of their worst seasons in recent memory. The Blaugrana have recently lost the league title to long time rivals Real Madrid. Although Barcelona has arguably the best player in history in the squad, they have failed to find their identity this season. There is no clear philosophy on how the team plays. This is the result of sacking former manager Ernesto Valverde, and Quique Setién taking over halfway through the campaign.
In addition to the change of managers, the failed transfers played a significant role in their downfall. Big signings such as Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong failed to impress. Not only are the new players struggling, every player of the Barcelona squad is underperforming in comparison with last season. As a result, we could see Barcelona go trophyless for the first time since the 2013/2014 campaign. However, the Champions League is their last chance to save the season. Although Messi openly said they will lose if they do not change the way the team plays, anything is possible when you have a player like him in your squad. Let us explore the chances of each team qualifying before you bet on Barcelona vs Napoli.
Bet on Barcelona vs Napoli in the Champions League
Napoli’s season is not much better than their opponent’s. After finishing in 2nd place in the previous season, the Azzurri is currently in 7th place in Serie A. The Italian team is in a similar situation in terms of the managerial position. After a series of poor performances under Carlo Ancelotti, Gennaro Gattuso was brought in to take over the head coach position. Therefore, the team is still in the build-up stage and are looking to go as much as possible in the champions league. On 1xBET, the odds of them winning against Barcelona are 5.6.
On the other hand, Barcelona wants to avoid repeating the Roma nightmare from 2018. The Spanish team has been knocked out twice in the past three competitions from an Italian team. Therefore, given all the circumstances, Barcelona will go all out save their season. Bet on Barcelona vs Napoli as online sportsbook sites in Spain favor the Spanish side to qualify. Betting odds on 1xBET for Barcelona to win are 1.645.