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UEFA Europa League: Round Of 32; Napoli vs Barcelona; Kick-Off, Match Analysis, & Predictions

With the Spanish giants making their appearance in the UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 for the first time in a long time in the fixture Napoli vs Barcelona here are key details to note ahead of kick-off.

UEFA Europa League Round of 32
Adama Traore and Victor Osimhen

After a shocking exit from the UEFA Champions League competition in the group stages, Barcelona would be looking to redeem themselves in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 in the fixture Napoli vs Barcelona scheduled for today, Thursday, February 17, 2022.

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However, this would not be an easy fixture looking at the current form of the Italian side, Napoli, who would be at home in this fixture.

When Is The Barcelona Vs Napoli Fixture?

One of the fixtures of the UEFA Europa League round of 16 fixture, Barcelona vs Napoli, is scheduled to take place today, Thursday, February 17, 2022, at Camp Nou in Spain at 6:45 pm West African Time.

This would be the first leg of the two-legged fixture. The second leg would be played at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Italy on Thursday, February 24, 2022.

UEFA Europa League Round of 32
Barcelona Manager Xavi

Match Analysis

With the new away goal law guiding all UEFA fixtures in the knockout stages, every goal scored can go as far as making the much-needed difference for both sides.

After a draw in the La Liga for Barcelona against Espanyol, Xavi's men would be looking to secure a win that would improve their current run of form that has remained shaky to date. The new signings over the January 2022 transfer market window have given the Barcelona side a variety of options in their approach to this tie.

It is important to note that they still have challenges defensively regardless of how effective Barcelona's attack is.

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Predictions

Barcelona is the favourite to win this fixture, but Napoli has the players and the team to edge over the Spanish giants at Camp Nou.

This would definitely be a goalscoring game with odds of over 2.5, but Napoli would pick up the result with a 3-2 scoreline. Osimhen can't stop scoring at the moment and would most definitely bag a goal in this fixture.

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