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Napoli v Besiktas: Stadio San Paolo to stage the shock of the night

Maurizio Sarri has seen Napoli's excellent start to the season sabotaged in October
Maurizio Sarri has seen Napoli's excellent start to the season sabotaged in October

Michael Lintorn expects Napoli to surrender their 100% record in this season's Champions League to Besiktas...


"The Turkish champions still haven’t endured a reverse in 2016/17 after 11 outings, and have been at their most forceful on the road."

Lay Napoli to win @ 1.51/2

Napoli 1.491/2 v Besiktas 8.27/1; The Draw 4.77/2
Wednesday, 19:45
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Napoli are in a commanding position in Group B, four points clear of all adversaries after two victories and six goals in their opening two encounters.

Rather than contemplating finishing this phase with a flawless record, coach Maurizio Sarri may just be satisfied that they made the most of their hot run of form as things are not going so well right now, with successive defeats to Atalanta and Roma knocking them seven points off the Serie A pace.

The biggest blow of all though was the loss of starting striker Arkadiusz Milik for potentially as long as six months due to a cruciate ligament injury suffered on international duty with Poland.

The 22-year-old had performed exceptionally since his summer move from Ajax, firing seven times in nine appearances. Understudy Manolo Gabbiadini has one in eight.

It all points to them being more vulnerable than the odds suggest against Besiktas, who didn't fare as well against Benfica and Dynamo Kiev as Napoli but did come through both fixtures unbeaten courtesy of two 1-1 draws.

The Turkish champions still haven't endured a reverse in 2016/17 after 11 outings, and have been at their most forceful on the road, kicking off the campaign with two draws before enjoying a hat-trick of wins without conceding, so have enough momentum to add to the Azzurri's recent worries.


Recommended Bet:

Lay Napoli to win @ 1.51/2


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