In what promises to be a thrilling clash in this week’s UEFA Champions League Matchday 2, Napoli is set to host Real Madrid at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Both teams are coming off exciting opening matches, with Napoli securing a victory against Braga and Real Madrid narrowly winning against Union Berlin thanks to Jude Bellingham’s late goal. Notably, Real Madrid’s current coach, Carlo Ancelotti, once managed Napoli from 2018 to 2019.
Here’s what you need to know:
Date and Time: Tuesday, Oct. 3 | 3 p.m. ET
Location: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona — Napoli, Italy
How to Watch: Catch the action on Paramount+
Odds: Napoli +165; Draw: +245; Real Madrid +155
Napoli is expected to line up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Kvicha Kvaratskhelia and Matteo Politano on the wings and Victor Osimhen as the central striker. Defensively, Brazilian defender Natan should pair up with Leo Ostigard in the center.
Meret, Di Lorenzo, Ostigard, Natan, Olivera, Anguissa, Lobotka, Zielinski, Politano, Osimhen, and Kvaratskhelia are possible starters for Napoli.
Real Madrid, under Carlo Ancelotti, is likely to stick to their usual lineup, with Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga joining Toni Kroos in midfield. Jude Bellingham is expected to operate in an advanced role, supporting Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr.
Kepa, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Mendy; Kroos, Tchouameni; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr. are possible starting lineups for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid might be considered the favorites, but Napoli has shown significant improvement in recent games. The Stadio Diego Armando Maradona is known for its intimidating atmosphere. In this exciting showdown, we predict a closely contested match with both sides securing two goals each.
Pick: Napoli 2, Real Madrid 2.