Napoli vs Real Madrid: UCL Match Preview, Predicted Line-ups and Head to Head

One of the standout matches in the group stage of the Champions League will take place in Naples on Tuesday evening, with Italian champions Napoli welcoming Real Madrid to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

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Napoli vs Real Madrid: UCL Match Preview, Predicted Line-ups and Head to Head

Jude Bellingham scored a late goal to hand Union berlin a heartbreaking loss (Image - Twitter)

One of the blockbuster fixtures of the 2023/24 Champions League group stage arrives on Tuesday night for Napoli vs Real Madrid at Stadio Armando Maradona.

Match Details:

  • Location: Naples, Spain
  • Stadium: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona
  • Date: Tuesday 3 October
  • Kick-off Time: 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET / 12:00 PT
  • Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
  • VAR: Jerome Brisard (FRA)



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Napoli vs Real Madrid: Match Preview

Napoli and Real Madrid are all set to square up against each other after getting off to a perfect start with all three points in the UEFA Champions League group stage last time out. Both teams will be eager to take all three points from this game as it might end up deciding who finishes at the top spot in Group C.

The home team began their UCL campaign with a 2-1 win over SC Braga. Despite being the stronger team on paper, they were not really in control of the game and could have dropped points. But, thanks to an own goal by Sikou Niakate late in the second half, the Serie A champions managed to take home all three points.



— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) October 2, 2023

They will now square up against the most successful team in Champions League history and will look to get one better over them in their own backyard. Napoli are heading into this fixture on the back of a 4-0 win over Lecce and will be confident of putting up a great fight against Real Madrid.

The visitors did have a slip-up against city rivals Atletico Marid. But apart from that, they have been in sensational form since the start of the new season. Real Madrid started off their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over debutants Union Berlin.



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They were not really in total control of that game but ended up taking home all three points thanks to a late goal by summer signing Jude Bellingham. After losing to Atletico Madrid, they have bounced back with two consecutive wins in the league without conceding a goal.

Carlo Ancelotti's team will be confident heading into this fixture, but it won't be an easy one by any means. It is going to be a hard-fought encounter between two quality teams.

Team News:

Napoli:

The hosts will be without a pair of centre-halves on Tuesday as both Juan Jesus and Amir Rrahmani are out injured. That means summer arrival Natan and Leo Ostigard will continue as the starting pair.



— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) October 1, 2023

Garcia made a couple of changes to his side away at Lecce on Saturday, and we should see Osimhen and Matteo Politano return to the frontline.

Giacomo Raspadori is also pushing for a start.

Real Madrid:

David Alaba isn't expected to be sidelined for too long (Quality Sport Images/GettyImages)

Real Madrid were dealt an injury blow last week when David Alaba limped off in the win over Las Palmas. While the Austrian isn't expected to be sidelined for too long, he'll miss Tuesday's Champions League bout.

Eder Militao and Thibaut Courtois are long-term absentees for the visitors, while Arda Guler endured an injury setback and will be out of action until the October international break.



— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) October 2, 2023

Luka Modric could return to the team on Tuesday, as could Rodrygo up top.

Napoli vs Real Madrid: Head to Head and Key Stats

  • Real Madrid have an excellent record against Napoli and have won the last two matches that have been played between the two teams. Napoli are yet to defeat Real Madrid in an official fixture.
  • Napoli have never defeated Real Madrid in European competitions and have played two sets of two-legged ties against Los Blancos, with their previous meeting taking place in the 2016-17 season.
  • Real Madrid have won 14 of their last 15 matches against Italian opponents in the UEFA Champions League and have won each of their seven away games during this run.
  • Real Madrid have won 28 out of their 48 matches against Italian opponents in the UEFA Champions League and are the most successful team against Serie A sides in the competition.

Predicted Line-ups:

Napoli predicted lineup vs Real Madrid (4-3-3): Meret; Di Lorenzo, Ostigard, Natan, Rui; Lobotka, Anguissa, Zielinski; Politano, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia.

Real Madrid predicted lineup vs Napoli (4-3-1-2): Kepa; Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Mendy; Tchouameni, Valverde, Modric; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr.

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