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Preview: Napoli vs Ajax - predictions, team news, line-ups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Champions League match between Napoli and Ajax, including predictions, team news and expected line-ups.

Top of Group A, eight days after big win in Amsterdam Naples face Ajax Again, when they try to secure a place, champions league Knockout stage at Stadio Maradona.

The teams reconvene on Wednesday night, allowing the hosts to beat their Dutch counterparts for the second time to guarantee progress. Visitors need points to stay in touch with Liverpool.

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Having further cemented their reputation as one of Europe’s most fluent attacking units, Napoli ruthlessly disposed of their third consecutive Champions League champions last week. Coming from behind to beat shell-shocked Ajax 6-1 in Amsterdam.

Parthenopei recorded his ninth win in 11 games as a striker in form. Giacomo Raspadori Despite scoring the equalizing goal at the Johan Cruyff Arena, they led 3-1 at half-time. In the second half, after Raspadori scored the second shot, Khuvica Kvaratshelia Strike enough.

another summer arrival, Giovanni Simeonetaking sixth in the second half as Napoli swept the top of Group A and truly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in continental competition.

After another big run in Europe, with three-goal wins over Liverpool and Rangers in a row, he scored even more in Serie A on Sunday.

When they return to their household chores, Luciano SpallettiThe team visited low Cremona and inflicted further destruction on the opposing defense, scoring three goals in the last 15 minutes to secure a 4–1 win. As a result, the Campania club remains top of the table in Italy, and they are now two points behind after Atalanta drew at the weekend.

One of only two teams to remain unbeaten after nine rounds in Serie A, Napoli have found the net 22 times in the process and have already scored 13 goals in the Champions League.

So Spalletti’s ambition to break through the best 16 for the first time in the Napoli outfit could come true when the knockout phase begins after the World Cup.

Steven Berghuis in action for Ajax on 13 September 2022© Reuters

Just after suffering the worst defeat in the history of the club in European competition, Ajax have to face a team that has dealt such a blow and with progress from Group A still so far ahead, no time to think about their misfortune. No. For grabs.

By hitting 4 RBIs against the Rangers in the opening game, Alfred SchreuderThey then lost to a second-half goal at Anfield mid-month, which means they have three points so far, putting them on par with second-placed Liverpool.

The Ghanaian striker after scoring the first goal against Napoli at the Johan Cruyff Arena Mohammed Quds have scored in all three matches, the Dutch giants are no less firepower in the Eredivisie.

After nine games into the 2022/23 season, Ajax have scored 27 goals and conceded just eight to finish second in the rankings, conceding just eight. His 4-2 win against Volendam on Saturday put him one point ahead of AZ Alkmaar at the top. .

Of course, the four-time European champion defied the odds to reach the best of four in 2019, but since then a string of departures – perhaps none more significant than the departure of a coach. Eric Ten Hug – Left a new-looking side looking for an identity under Schreuder.

Time is of the essence, so the former Club Brugge manager will have to convince him that he can recover from a losing streak in the Champions League and start scoring points again.

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Victor Osimén in action with the Napoli national team on 7 September 2022© Reuters

Luciano Spalletti already has spoiled attacking options, but should also have a first-choice striker Victor Osimen It will be available again on Wednesday after a sideline spell from injury.

Giacomo Raspadori and Giovanni Simeone will battle for one place up front as the Nigeria national team will return to full training and start on the bench. Both will be supported by Georgian winger Kvaradna Kvaradna, who has already scored six goals in Serie A.

Amir Rahmani However, he is suspected of injury and will have to undergo tests this week to determine if he can take center stage in the hosts’ back four. if he misses Leo Ostigard likely to intervene together Kim Min Jae.

Meanwhile, Ajax’s task of bringing back points from Campania becomes even more difficult as captain. Dusan Tadic He was suspended after being sacked late last week.

Francisco Conceição When Lucas Ocampos So, while we may enter Alfred Schreuder’s thoughts, there is little doubt as to the identity of the Visitor’s Dangerous Person.

He drew a rare blank on the weekend, but Mohammed Kudus has scored seven goals in his last eight games and should start at the heart of Mobile Front 3.

Candidates for Napoli’s starting XI:
Meretto; Di Lorenzo, Kim, Rachmani, Louis. Anguissa, Lobotka. Politano, Zielinski, Kvaratskhelia; Raspadori

Ajax starters:
Pasvia; Rensch, Timber, Bassy, ​​Blind. Berghaus, Alvarez, Taylor.Ocampos, Kudus, Bergwein

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Napoli 2-1 Ajax.

Napoli’s confidence could not have been higher, as they became the first team in the club’s history to win eight games in a row. But Ajax are still carrying the wounds of last week and are careful not to repeat the same mistakes, so it could be a close matchup between his two teams this time around.

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