Liverpool vs. Napoli Betting Tips: Khvicha Kvaratskhelia to continue sensational form
Liverpool and Napoli go head-to-head for top spot in Group A on Tuesday night in a match that will be screened live on BT Sport 3 at 8pm.
Below we preview the clash and provide two tips...
Liverpool vs Napoli Tips
Liverpool ensured their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a comfortable win at the Johan Cruyff Arena last Wednesday, providing a rare bit of respite in an otherwise calamitous campaign.
Jurgen Klopp's side could still finish top of group A, though it will take a minor miracle as they need to beat Napoli by three or more goals in order to leapfrog Tuesday's Italian opposition.
Any momentum Liverpool gained in Amsterdam was quashed on Saturday evening as Leeds snatched all three points with one minute of the 90 to play, depicting the Reds struggle for consistency perfectly.
Klopp's side have only won back-to-back games on two separate occasions this season, most recently following up wins over Rangers, Manchester City then West Ham with a shock defeat to basement boys Nottingham Forest.
Klopp looks set to persist with the diamond he deployed against Ajax and Leeds which would see Darwin Nunez partner Mohamed Salah in a front two.
As for the visitors, Napoli are no doubt their domestic division's darlings. They remain the only unbeaten side, moving five points clear of Atalanta as they look to win their first Scudetto since 89/90 during the heady days of Diego Maradona.
The Ciucciarelli have captured the imagination of the Champions League as well, securing qualification to the knockout stages with two games to spare. They thrashed Liverpool in the reverse of this fixture though the bookies do not fancy a repeat in Merseyside with the hosts odds on favourites.
Luciano Spalletti's scintillating offensive play has dismantled his conservative reputation. His side top the division's charts for goals scored (30) and come into this one off the back of a 4-0 victory.
Every cog in their fluid 4-3-3 system is pivotal, however, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has been a revelation since moving from his native Georgia. The winger has had a direct hand in 16 goals in all competitions this season, and I fancy him to have a say at Anfield on Tuesday.
Betfair and Paddy Power have him at 6/4 to score or register an assist, which is a more valuable play then dutching him to score anytime and register an assist.
Napoli’s mercurial man is averaging 5.07 shots per 90 and averaging 0.63 goals per 90 on the big European stage, scoring twice.
Kvaratskhelia has turned provider on three occasions in the UCL this campaign as well, with this bet landing in each of his last two appearances.
The winger has scored or assisted in just under two thirds of his starts, meaning backing him to have a hand in a goal would have paid out in all bar six of his appearances with a G+A per 90 average of 1.36.
As the season has progressed and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has grown in confidence, he has become trickier to contain, epitomised by the fact that he has drawn cards in half of his UCL appearances.
Ajax’s Jorge Sánchez and both James Tavernier and John Lundstram were booked for Rangers as they tried to keep tabs on Napoli’s direct winger.
Given the season Trent Alexander-Arnold is having, and the scrutiny his defending is coming under, I think his price to be caded on Tuesday is worth touting.
TAA has already equalled his domestic cards tally for last season, with three to his name in total.
If Klopp does opt for the diamond formation there is every chance their right back will become even more exposed without the protection of a double pivot or a winger.
Best of luck if you are backing any of these selections and please remember to gamble responsibly.
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