Prediction: Manchester City vs Napoli

Prediction: Manchester City vs Napoli

The Italy global was forced to withdraw in the second half of Tuesday night's 2-1 Champions League defeat against Manchester City with a thigh injury. "But we managed to come back, and not many teams have been able to do that".

The Naples club have not won the league since 1980 but are two points clear of nearest rivals Inter at the top.

Manchester City return to league action on Saturday when they host Burnley at the Etihad Stadium.

It looks like more good news for City fans, this morning Pep Guardiola hinted that joint top scorer Sergio Aguero could feature from the start, having looked to have fully recovered from his auto crash.

Captain Vincent Kompany remains doubtful with a calf injury. Napoli was holding on and a team lacking two of its star midfielders - Allan and Jorginho were rested in view of a big Serie A game against Inter Milan at the weekend - was being outclassed. Gli Azzurri now sit two points clear at the top of the Serie A table and Napoli now boasts an eye-catching record of eight games, eight wins.

Napoli continued to push City back in the second half with its so-called "Sarri-ball" and didn't waste a second chance from the spot in the 73rd, after Fernandinho tripped Faouzi Ghoulam.

City and Napoli's only previous meeting came in the 2011-12 Champions League group stages.


City are unbeaten in their past 10 Champions League home games (W7 D3). Napoli will also be welcoming back experienced defender Raul Albiol, the former Madrid man will start in place of Nikola Maksimovic.

Manchester City edged out the Serie A leaders in their Champions League group game and scored an important 2-1 win in their quest to reach the next round of the competition.

This is City's seventh consecutive Champions League campaign.

Napoli have progressed to the knockout stages in two of their three previous appearances but have never made it further than the last 16.

In form Napoli are priced at 9/2 for the away win.

"For us, it could also be a game that's nearly impossible to win, but we'll wait for them in Naples".

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