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Napoli vs Real Madrid, Champions League Round of 16, 1st Leg: Match Preview

The stage is set for the first knockout stage of the Champions League.

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After nearly three months since their last Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund in the Group Stage, Real Madrid is back under the spotlight as they prepare to take on Serie A giants Napoli Wednesday night in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16.

Madrid will be heading into the match after a successful outing against Osasuna where the Los Blancos found themselves traveling home with a 3-1 win. Goals in the match came from Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco, and Lucas Vazquez.

Napoli is enjoying a bit of a hot streak at the moment as well. In the Italian side’s last two games, they found themselves racking up an impressive nine goals. Napoli’s three stars Merek Hamsik, Lorenzo Insigne, and Dries Mertens are all in top form, meaning they will give Madrid a run for their money.


Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Vazquez, Ronaldo, Benzema

Napoli: Reina; Maggio, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Zielinski, Diawara, Hamsik; Giaccherini, Mertens, Insigne

Player to Watch: As per usual, the player fans need to watch is Real Madrid’s very own star, Cristiano Ronaldo. After sitting out of training on Monday, the Portuguese winger opted to train in the gym two days prior to the first leg against Napoli. The injury has been reported to have subsided which ultimately suggests that he will fine. However, viewers should keep their eye on the Ronaldo in case the injury returns.

X-Factor: Although Madrid is seen as favorites for Wednesday’s match, they should not expect an easy outing against Napoli. The Italian club currently lead the Serie A with the most goals scored, currently holding 57 goals to their name in 24 matches (2.375 goals per match). With an offense led by Italian speedster Lorenzo Insigne, Madrid’s defense will need to be on their toes.

Time and Location: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 2:45 PM EST at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain

Prediction: Madrid 2-0

How to watch

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Staff Predictions

Result (1) Score (2) Goal Scorers (3) Total Score
Result (1) Score (2) Goal Scorers (3) Total Score
Om RM Win 2-1 CR7, Ramos; Higuaín 42
Kiyan RM Win 3-1 Benz, CR7, Asensio; Pjanic 45
Timm RM Win 2-1 (RM win extra time) CR7, Ramos; Dybala 41
Mike - - - 34
Lucas RM Loss 1-2 CR7; Higuaín, Dybala 26
Nate RM Win 4-2 -CR7x2, Bale, Morata; Higuain, Dybala 47
Marc - - - 3
Lewis - - - 10
Tommy RM Loss 1-2 Benz; Higuaín, Mandzukic 19
Naguib RM Win 2-0 CR7, Bale 29
Vicki - - - 1
Ondra RM Win 2-0 CR7, Ramos 18
Jack RM Win 2-2 (RM win on pk's 4-3) CR7, Ramos; Dybala x2 6
Matt RM Win 1-0 CR7 8
Sam RM Win 2-1 - 1
José RM Win 3-1 CR7 x2, Morata; Mandzukic 3

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