Napoli v Benfica: Milik to make the difference for productive Azzurri

Maurizio Sarri is sampling the Champions League for the first time at the age of 57
Maurizio Sarri is sampling the Champions League for the first time at the age of 57
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Arkadiusz Milik and Napoli can't stop scoring, and Michael Lintorn expects more of the same against Benfica...


"Milik struck a brace in both his Champions League debut for Napoli and his latest Stadio San Paolo runout to have lasted at least 28 minutes."

Back Arkadiusz Milik to score @ 2.111/10

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Both of these teams have been magnificent domestically, with Napoli winning four and drawing two of their first six Serie A fixtures and Benfica prevailing in five of their six contests in Portugal's top tier, but it was the former who carried that momentum into their Group B curtain raiser.

The Azzurri came from behind to triumph 2-1 away to Dynamo Kiev, while their guests surrendered a lead that they held for 78 minutes in the final exchanges at home to Besiktas.

Benfica have won just two of their past 12 Champions League away group games, losing half of those, whereas Napoli have been victorious five times in a row as hosts in the competition proper, with Man City, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Marseille and Arsenal their stellar cast of conquests.


To Score

When the question "how will Napoli replace the 36 goals that Gonzalo Higuain scored last season?" was raised, there was a theory that it was the side making him look great rather than vice versa.

Many dismissed it as an optimistic analysis, but the club's 16 strikes in seven 2016/17 outings suggests otherwise, as does the fact that newcomer Arkadiusz Milik, having been far from prolific for Poland at Euro 2016, has notched six times in his most recent six appearances.

The 22-year-old struck a brace in both his Champions League debut for Serie A's premier southerners and his latest Stadio San Paolo runout to have lasted at least 28 minutes, so has to be fancied at 2.111/10 to find the net at any time.


Recommended Bet:

Back Arkadiusz Milik to score @ 2.111/10


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