The 1st leg was a true lesson, from Napoli, against a Nice team that seems to be playing in a competition beyond their real possibilities
Mertens got on the scoresheet in the 1st half and then Jorginho, in the 2nd half, scored the 2nd and final goal, on a penalty.
If there is one thing that the Neapolitans can complain about is that, despite so many chances created, they only got a 2-goal advantage.
That is, along with the return of two players who missed the 1st leg, what gives some hope to the French side still.
Sneijder and Balotelli have returned to competition this weekend, in their 2-0 win over Guingamp for Ligue 1, so they should be ready to help the team in their reception to Napoli at the Allianz Riviera.
Lucie Favre should opt for a starting eleven with an offensive mindset, despite not being able to count with Koziello and Pléa, who were sent off on their last encounter.
If they score in the 1st half and are able to contain Napoli’s attack, I think the comeback is still possible.
Nice vs Napoli Pick:
Napoli’s attack will be stronger, with Milik, who returned to his goal scoring form in the opening round of the Serie A, where the team has beaten Verona 3-1.
The quality of Maurizio Sarri’s model is really evident on their performances in this early stage of the season, so I think Napoli has every chance to reach, naturally, the group stage of this Champions League.
The match will then be a face-off between a team looking to get itself together and recover from their 1st leg deficit, with their best weapons available, and another team who is superior and will try to avoid any upset.
Since the nature of both sides is really offensive and there isn’t, in this scenario, any interest from both sides in defending, so we should see some goals from both sides in this encounter between Nice and Napoli.
|Both teams to score|