Real Madrid vs Napoli: Spanish Giants Real Madrid seem to have capped out quite a lead over arch-rivals Barcelona in the league-run sitting comfortably on top of the La Liga table with two games in hand and the Whites will look to continue the run into the Champions League as well, as they take on Napoli in the round of 16 first leg match at the Santiago Bernabeu. Saturday’s clash against Osasuna saw Zinedine Zidane’s men get a comfortable away win courtesy goals from Ronaldo, Isco and Vasquez and the Frenchman’s strategies into saving players for the  UEFA Champions League clash were clearly visible. This is the 20th consecutive season in which Real Madrid have made it to the Champions League knockout stages, a record in the competition and the Los Blancos will be definitely motivated to create yet another record by retaining the Champions League title after they went on to defeat Atletico Madrid in the finals last season.

Real Madrid take on Napoli in the Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg clash at the Santiago Bernabeu on February 15.

The crunch game is a much-awaited fixture with the Italian club being in stellar form with their most  7-1 thrashing of Bologna away from home, an example of just how difficult a threat Napoli are going to be for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid vs Napoli: Team News

Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane’s preparations for the match against Napoli was well understood by the team he fielded against Osasuna last weekend. Dani Carvajal, who was out with an injury, will definitely be back presuming his role of right. Danilo will be missing due to the injury in the last game while Nacho will most probably warm the bench. Gareth Bale, who has now been out for more than 100 days since his knee injury has also reportedly resumed training.  But despite the Welshman recovering rather quickly and looking incredibly sharp in training, Zinedine Zidane doesn’t think his star forward will be fit for this Wednesday’s first leg with the Frenchman quoted saying that he hopes Bale would be back for the return leg. Toni Kroos will feature alongside Luka Modric in the middle with Lucas Vasquez slated to be preferred over James and Isco in the first leg.

Real Madrid will look to continue their great season by triumphing over Napoli in their quest to retain the Champions League title.

Napoli

Napoli have no new major injury concerns as a lot of the team’s key players like Driers Martins, Lorenzo Insigne and Marik Hamshik match fit and in perfectly fine form as they look to make the trip to Spain count in their quest for the European silverware. Arkadiusz Milik, who was included in Napoli’s squad to face Bologna on Saturday, just four months after sustaining knee ligament damage is also pegged to make an appearance at some point against the whites on Wednesday although there have been continued sustenance of the knock he suffered previously.

Real Madrid vs Napoli: Predicted Starting Line-ups

Real Madrid

Navas; Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Carvajal; Kroos, Modric, Casemiro; Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema

Napoli

Reina; Soderlund, Albiol, Maksimovic, Ghoulam; Zielinski, Diawara, Hamsik; Milik, Mertens, Insigne

Real Madrid vs Napoli: Match Details

Date: February 15, 2017

Time: 20:45 (Local Time), 1;15AM (February 16, IST)

Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

Referee: Damir Komina

Real Madrid vs Napoli: TV Guide

The match between Real Madrid and Napoli will be telecasted on BT Sport 3 in the United Kingdom, Fox Soccer 2GO USA, Fox Sports GO, ESPN Deportes USA in the United States and Ten 1 in India.

The match can also be streamed live on TenSports Live.

Real Madrid vs Napoli: Match Prediction

The game against Napoli would definitely be a crunch one for the European Champions considering both the teams have been in stellar form throughout the season. Our prediction stands at a hard fought 2-1 win for Los Blancos with Ronaldo and Benzema netting for the whites while Driers Martins pulls one back for Napoli at the Bernabeu.

Conclusion

The Champions League is definitely heating up this time with a number of mouth-watering clashes lined up in the Round of 16 fixtures and the Real Madrid vs Napoli encounter will definitely be one of the highlights

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