Borussia Dortmund vs. Napoli Preview (Champions League): Dortmund Eyes Revenge From The Napoli Defeat

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Updated: November 19, 2013
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Borussia Dortmund plans to exact revenge against Napoli—the club that made them have a taste of defeat in their Champions League debut match. Now,  the pressure is on to Napoli’s head honcho, Rafael Benitez as his winning formula will be tested in a different ground.

 

 

Match Date: 26 November 2013 (local time)

Venue: Signal Iduna Park

 

Team Form

Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund’s campaign in the Champions League is far from over. The last season’s runner-up can still advance in the competition despite their disappointing loss to Arsenal.

 

The Borussians are not throwing the white towel yet. Indeed, they lost to Arsenal, but they are just a victory away from the group’s second placer, Napoli. All they need to do is to secure their upcoming match and they are back on track. The Borussians have a better goal difference than their Italian opponent. They have 2, while Napoli has 1.

 

Moreover, having reached the final stage last season, it is safe to say that the Borussians have more depth when it comes to their experience in this particular tournament.

 

Adding a dose of inspiration is the recovery of Lukasz Piszczek who is already back in training. Although the player cannot join his team mates yet, his presence and the idea that soon he shall be adding more strength to the club is more than enough inspiration to generate a down the wire win.

 

Napoli

Napoli’s 3 defeat from Juventus forced them to slip in the 3rd spot of Serie A. It was a frustrating defeat, which Rafael Benitez does not want to experience when they visit the Borussians in Signal Iduna.

 

The Partenopei currently occupies the 2nd spot of the so-called “group of death.” While it is true that they are a notch higher, this does not guarantee their progress in the latter part of the competition. Losing against Borussia will definitely lower their chances as their opponent has a better goal difference.

 

Given the depth of Borussia Dortmund’s experience, Napoli carries the pressure of scoring and defending their lead. Their opponent has the immediate advantage since they have the home court edge. Although they exhibit the possibility of winning the match, the Borussian’s current circumstances, bring them into a much better position of stealing the victory.

 

Football betting tip: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Napoli

Expect a tight and down the wire match between the two clubs. It is interesting to look at how Benitez will apply his winning formula in the host’s territory. But not until the final whistle is blown, Dortmund remains as the match’s heavy favorite.

 

 

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