Here’s the latest on the form and team news of FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli:
Barca seem to be picking the pieces from their poor start to life in the 2021/2022 season and are presently playing arguably their best football thus far. The Xavi Hernandez–coached side has moved up to fourth in the league standings, with 39 points from 10 wins, 9 draws, and 4 losses in 23 games.
In Europe, Barca have had a poor season by their high standards. They amassed just 7 points from their 6 games, winning 2, with 1 draw and 3 losses. They scored only 2 goals and conceded 9 to seal their most embarrassing UCL outing in recent times.
For their team news, Barca have several likely absentees. Ronald Araujo, Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, Clement Lenglet, and Memphis Depay are sidelined with injuries and will be doubts to make the matchday squad.
Luciano Spaletti’s side continue to turn in strong showings this season, with 3 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss in their last five games in all competitions. They sit 2nd in Serie A, with 53 points from 25 games, winning 16 of those encounters with 5 draws and 4 losses.
Their form in Europe has been mixed, as they were only good enough for 2nd place in their Europa League group, albeit on goal difference. They won 3, drew 1, and lost 1 of their 6 group stage fixtures, scoring 15 goals and letting in another 10. Victor Osimhen is their leading goalscorer with 4 goals to his name.
For the latest on Napoli’s team, only Hirving Lozano is likely to sit out the Barcelona trip, as he is currently out with injury.