Here is the latest on the form and team news from Napoli and Barcelona:
Luciano Spaletti’s side played out a 1-1 draw against Barcelona in the first leg. They have a league meeting with Cagliari on Monday night before the return leg against Barcelona on Thursday. Napoli haven’t had a convincing European campaign but remain in contention for the Scudetto, as they are locked in a three-horse race with AC Milan and Inter Milan.
In Serie A, Napoli sit third after 25 games, with 16 wins, 5 draws, and 4 losses. In the Europa League group stages, they recorded 3 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses in 6 games, scoring 15 goals and conceding 10. Elmas Elif leads the goalscoring charts for Napoli with 4 goals and 1 assist.
For their team news, Napoli will miss Lorenzo Insigne, Hirving Lozano, Matteo Politano, Stanislav Lobotka, and Andre Zambo Anguissa. They are out with injury and will most likely sit out this encounter.
Xavi’s Barcelona are starting to play their best football and responded to their disappointing draw in the first leg with a 4-1 thumping of Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium. Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got his first hat trick in Blaugrana colors, and the team is in a positive mood traveling to Naples.
They still occupy the 4th position on the standings, with 11 wins, 9 draws, and 4 losses in 24 games. Their European campaign has been riddled by poor performances that saw them crash to the Europa League, where they began with a draw against a strong Napoli side.
For their team news, Barcelona will be without Eric Garcia as they travel to Napoli. The Spanish defender is sidelined with an injury, having picked up a knock against Valencia.