Los Blancos might have the advantage but know they have the tough task of securing the tie in the Campania capital.
Italian heavyweights Napoli welcome reigning Uefa Champions League champions Real Madrid to the Stadio San Paolo in the second leg of their last 16 tie on Tuesday night.
Maurizio Sarri’s side head into this match on the back of a morale boosting 2-1 win away at As Roma over the weekend. It was the Giallorossi’s first league home loss this season and while Partenopei still remain in third, they are just two points behind the second placed Romans. Napoli are quoted at odds of (2.89) with Nairabet for their first ever win against Real Madrid.
Having seen their league form nosedive recently, Zinedine Zidane’s team got back to winning ways with a 4-1 win at Eibar on Saturday. The result leaves them one point behind leaders Barcelona. Real Madrid holds the advantage from the first leg with a 3-1 lead and remains favourites to seal it with another win in Naples at odds of (2.39).
Karim Benzema Real Madrid Napoli Champions League
The only previous meeting between both sides at the San Paolo ended in a draw. Backing another stalemate which would be enough to see Real to the quarter finals is available at odds of (3.76) with the same firm.
Partenopei would need the minimum of a 2-0 win to progress to their first ever Champions League quarter finals. Punters looking to take a risk on this can do so backing that correct scoreline with massive odds of (15.61) on the table.
As long as Zidane’s charges avoid defeat by more than a two goal margin, they will remain on course to retain the Champions League title. A double chance for the Spanish capital side is priced at (1.37).
Dries Mertens Napoli Genoa Serie A 10022017
A game of this nature and with the calibre of players from both teams shouldn’t be devoid of goals. Seeing more than two goals is up for grabs at odds of (1.14) with Nairabet.
Karim Benzema who got scored a brace against Eibar has found the back of the net in his last four Champions League games. The Frenchman is offered at (2.36) to score anytime.
Six of Napoli’s last nine European goals has been created or scored by Dries Mertens. The Belgian international is tipped to score anytime at (2.18).