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Europa League 2022 Fantasy Tips: Napoli vs Barcelona- Key Players, Probable Starting XIs & More

Although Barcelona is enduring a troubled season, Xavi Hernandez's side still crossed the Mediterranean in good form, having gone five unbeaten and not lost in 90 minutes since Bayern Munich dumped them out of the Champions League in early December.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 24 February 2022 5:58 pm

Match Details:
Date: February 25th
Time: 1.30 AM IST
Venue: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Napoli

Preview:
After pulling off a draw against Napoli in the first leg of the Europa League, Barcelona will be hoping to finish the job against the Italian club when they face each other in a high contest game on Thursday at 1.30 AM. After a mini-defensive crisis, Xavi has a stronger looking back-line for this one with the return of Gerard Pique, who missed the weekend trip of Valencia through suspension. Although Barcelona is enduring a troubled season, Xavi Hernandez’s side still crossed the Mediterranean in good form, having gone five unbeaten and not lost in 90 minutes since Bayern Munich dumped them out of the Champions League in early December.

Team News:
While Napoli’s Axel Tuanzebe, Kevin Malcuit, Stanis Lobotka, Zambo Anguissa and Hirving Lozano have been battered with injury, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Fabian Ruiz and Kalidou Koulibaly are just a yellow card away from suspension. Meanwhile, Camp Nou is playing with Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto and Dani Alves.

Team Analysis:

Barcelona: Xavi is confident that the club can progress past Napoli in the second leg of the Europa League playoff tie but has already warned that the match will test their capacity. Xavi’s men failed to finish their chances after playing close encounters in the 1st leg. The club had a terrific outing against Valencia in La Liga after comprehensively winning the contest 4-1. Barcelona’s new signing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang impressed everyone with his hattrick.

Napoli: The Italian club had a disappointing Serie A draw away on Monday, but Luciano Spalleti rested several players with a high-contest game against Barca in mind. The team will be hoping to better their results against Xavi’s men. The close contest against Lazio and AC Milan follow the second leg for this injury-hit Napoli outfit, who are still in with a real shot at league glory. The team must be aiming to avoid being dumped out of the Europa League at this stage for the fourth time in seven seasons.

Probable Starting XI:
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Dest, Piqué, Araujo, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, F. De Jong; Adama, Aubameyang, Gavi

Napoli (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Koulibaly, Rrahmani, Jesus; Demme, Fabián; Elmas, Zielinski, Insigne; Osimhen

Key Players

Fantasy Team: 

Team 1:

Team 2:

Best 14:
Goalkeeper: Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Alex Meret
Defenders: Jordi Alba, Kalidou Koulibaly, Ronald Araujo, Juan Jesus, Gerard Pique
Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong, Adama Traore, Piotr Zielinski
Attackers: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Victor Osimhen, Ferran Torres, Insigne

Disclaimer: The fantasy tips and facts expressed within this article are personal opinion of the author. They do not reflect the views of SportsTiger. It is not a reflection of the actual points you might earn. SportsTiger does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

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