PREDICTION Manchester City vs. Napoli: The Citizens Arrival of Dangerous Guests
Manchester City will host Napoli in the continuation of the Champions League group phase at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday (18/10). Can The Citizens achieve victory in this match?
Unbeaten in all competitions this season, Manchester City look superior in the Champions League preliminaries. The Citizens won their first two matches in the group phase, 4-0 over Feyenoord and 2-0 over Shakhtar Donetsk which made them comfortable at the top of the standings with a three-point lead.
Pep Guardiola troops managed to achieve a great victory with a score of 7-2 over Stoke City at the weekend. The win extended their unbeaten run this season to 11 matches, with 10 wins and one draw.
Manchester City were able to look sharp lately and produce a total of 32 goals in their last eight games in all competitions. A big improvement was seen on the defensive side which was their weakest point last season, and The Citizens managed to book six clean sheets for eight games.
But Partenopei is also in good shape since the start of the season. The defeat of Shakhtar is the only minor result they experienced from 12 games in all competitions and they won in 11 other matches. Napoli entered this match after a 1-0 away win against Roma last weekend, which took them to the top of the Serie A standings.
Key players Manchester City vs. Napoli
Kevin De Bruyne
Although Manchester City have attacking players like Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane, but Kevin De Bruyne is the most important player for Pep Guardiola throughout the season. Armed with his vision and sharpness, De Bruyne continues to be a differentiator in The Citizens team.
In the Premier League competition this season, De Bruyne is the main creator of Manchester City attack. The Belgian has recorded five assists and one goal, while in the Champions League he has scored one goal and one assist in two games.
If Manchester City want their goal to stay safe in this match, then they should at least make sure that Dries Mertens does not have wide space throughout the game. So far this season Mertens has scored seven goals in the Serie A competition, and it shows how sharp he is at the moment.
With Napoli defenders who are of high average, Mertens can create space for himself by utilizing the high speed he has, and making a difference in this game.
Prediction of the composition of players Manchester City vs. Napoli
Manchester City XI: Ederson; Delph, Otamendi, Stones, Walker; Silva, Fernandinho, Bruyne; Sane, Jesus, Sterling.
Napoli XI: Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne.
Prediction Score Manchester City vs Napoli
Manchester City are in excellent form throughout this season, but Napoli is not a team that is easily conquered. With the concoction of strategy from Pep Guardiola, Manchester City have a great chance to achieve a positive result, with a record of their defenses are able to show consistent performance.
Prediction score: Manchester City 2-1 Napoli