Champions League: Real Madrid vs Napoli betting preview

Champions League: Real Madrid vs Napoli betting preview

14-time winners Real Madrid will be looking to continue their dominance of the 2023-24 Champions League group stages on Wednesday, November 30th when they take their perfect record into a matchday five clash with Scudetto title-holders Napoli. The kick-off at the Estadio Bernabeu is scheduled for 3 PM EST. Los Blancos have yet to drop a single point in the competition and hammered Sporting Braga a few weeks ago, 3-0. As for Napoli, they’re second in the group but drew 1-1 with Union Berlin on matchday four on home soil.

Quick Take

  • Real Madrid and Napoli meet on Wednesday
  • Los Blancos are the favorite to win
  • Read below for the match preview

Madrid perfect

Is it really any surprise that Madrid is a perfect 4-0-0 thus far? Not exactly. After all, this is the most successful club in Champions League history that continues to impress each and every week, whether it’s in LaLiga or Europe. Carlo Ancelotti’s men are top of Spain’s top flight as well with 35 points (11-2-1 record), scoring 31 goals and conceding just nine in 14 games. Los Blancos just beat Cadiz 3-0 on Sunday behind a brace from Rodrygo and another goal from you guessed it, Jude Bellingham.

The Englishman has been on absolute fire since joining the LaLiga giants, netting 13 times and supplying three assists in all competitions. Bellingham has three goals in the UCL and all of them were absolutely crucial. With Vinicius Jr injured right now, it’s crucial that he continues to thrive in the final third alongside Rodrygo, who is in great form right now, tool.

Real is a clear -125 favorite at 888sport for Wednesday’s affair after beating Napoli 3-2 on matchday two in Naples. That was an extremely entertaining fixture, with Bellingham and Vinicius producing the goods. The hosts also scored an own goal, which proved to be the difference-maker.

Not a great campaign for Napoli

Usually, a club that just won their league would likely be towards the top of the table again as they look to defend their title. But, that’s very much not the case for Napoli, who have a new boss after Luciano Spalletti left and took the Italy job. Walter Mazzarri is in charge after Rudi Garcia was recently sacked. The Blues are fourth in Serie A and a whole eight points off first place Inter Milan. Defeats to Empoli and Fiorentina in recent weeks have hurt them. However, Napoli is fresh off an important win over Atalanta in the north of Italy on Saturday.

Georgian phenom Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Eljif Elmas hit the back of the net in the 2-1 victory. When it comes to the Champions League, The Little Donkeys are sitting in a comfortable spot to progress, regardless of what the outcome is on Wednesday. Their seven points are four more than third-place Braga, whom Napoli faces on matchday six in December. Barring a complete collapse, they should progress to the Round of 16 for the second season in a row. Napoli is an underdog at all soccer betting sites for Wednesday. 

Injury news

Madrid is of course without Vinicius due to injury. The same can be said about Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni while Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao are sidelined with long-term issues. Napoli on the other hand just got Victor Osimhen back from injury, which is huge. He is their talisman. Matias Olivera suffered a serious knee injury however in the Atalanta game and will be out indefinitely. Mario Rui and Jesper Lindstrom are also sidelined.