Napoli vs Barcelona – Preview, Prediction, Head-to-Head, Lineups and Live Stream
Barcelona head to the USA to finish their pre-season campaign as the Spanish champions take on Napoli at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida, Miami on Thursday for the first of two consecutive friendlies between the two clubs. The meeting will be essential preparation for the two clubs with the beginning of both the Serie A and La Liga campaigns now under about fourteen days away.
While there is little in question in this fixture, the Catalan giants will want to put in an overwhelming presentation when the sides meet in Miami. It offers an opportunity for the two sides to make strategic changes in a situation where defeat matters close to nothing.
The two sides will want to end their pre-season on a high be that as it may, and here is the thing that people need to know before the experience.
Barca’s American fanbase will get an opportunity to see the Blaugrana in action with two games against Serie A side Napoli in three days: the first friendly is at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Thursday morning, before the arrival fixture at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.
Ernesto Valverde’s team have had a low-key summer up until now, with a defeat against Chelsea (2-1) trailed by triumphs against Vissel Kobe (2-0) and Arsenal (2-1).
Lionel Messi will miss out a great opportunity and is uncertainty for Barca’s Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao because of a calf injury, however, the talisman’s nonappearance should allow Valverde to try different things with his attack with the 2019-20 season quick drawing closer.
Napoli vs Barcelona Head to Head
Napoli and Barcelona have met only twice in recent years both in friendlies. Barcelona thrashed the Naples outfit 5-0 back in 2011 with Cesc Fabregas netting his first goal for the club that day.
Napoli handed out some retribution in 2014 in another pre-season fixture, winning 1-0. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs from that point forward.
Here is everything individuals need to know about Napoli vs Barcelona match.
When Is Napoli vs Barcelona Kick off?
Thursday 8 August
What Time Is Napoli vs Barcelona Kick off?
00:30 (BST)/ 05:00 (IST)
Where Is Napoli vs Barcelona Played?
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida
Napoli vs Barcelona TV Channel/Live Stream?
Premier Sports 1, Premier Player (UK), ESPN+ (U.S.)
Napoli vs Barcelona Match Prediction
While Napoli have more minutes added to their repertoire hitherto, Barcelona gave indications they were murmuring into life against Arsenal.
New signings De Jong and Griezmann should feel progressively good in the shirt with their debuts and the nerves that can bring now off the beaten path. Messi will likewise be back in the frame and is required to include, which means the Napoli backline will be in for a testing time.
Napoli will take courage from the fact they have held consecutive clean sheets, however confronting Messi, Griezmann, Dembele and Suarez is an alternate proposition altogether.
Napoli vs Barcelona Predicted Lineups
Barcelona Predicted Lineup: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, De Jong, Riqui Puig; Dembélé, Suárez, Griezmann
Napoli Predicted Lineup: Meret; Hysaj, Manolas, Maksimovic, Mário Rui; Callejón, Fabián, Zielinski, Insigne; Mertens, Milik