Serie A league leaders will be looking to replicate their league form in Europe.
On Tuesday night, the Partenopeans and Serie A leaders Napoli will travel to the Deutsche Bank Park to face Europa League Champions Eintracht Frankfurt for the first leg of the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League.
Frankfurt have enjoyed life in Bundesliga and their sudden surge in form has lifted them to 6th in the table. Two points behind the all-important Champions League spot in the domestic league table. Frankfurt qualified for the knockout stages to face Napoli after a late comeback against Sporting Lisbon on the last match day. They were rooted at the bottom of the group heading into Matchday 6 but results turned in their favour as they themselves defeated Sporting Lisbon by 2-1. Eintracht Frankfurt have only lost two of their 11 matches against Italian opposition to date (W6, D3). They are going unbeaten in each of the recent four (W3, D1).
Kickoff from Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt, Germany is set for 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The latest Frankfurt vs. Napoli odds from Caesars Sportsbook list Napoli as the +115 favorite (risk $100 to win $115) on the 90-minute money line, with Frankfurt listed as the +220 underdog. A draw is priced at +250 and the over/under for total goals is 2.5. Tuesday’s match will be streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan, which you can try free for seven days.
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Osimhen did it much better only five minutes later after Mexican Lozano, who wreaked havoc down the right wing with his darting runs, whipped in another low cross to the far post for the Nigerian to bundle home.
In doing so, Osimhen became the first Napoli player to score 20 goals in all competitions of a single season since Arkadiusz Milik did it in 2018-19.
Osimhen put the ball in the net again in an almost identical move a minute later but his effort was ruled out for offside.
Close-season signing Kvaratskhelia had a golden chance to double their lead in the 57th but again did not manage to beat Trapp in a one-on-one after another Lozano through ball.
The turning point for Frankfurt came a minute later when their top scorer Kolo Muani got his marching orders for a clumsy challenge on Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa.
Napoli’s pressure grew and they were rewarded in the 65th when Kvaratskhelia picked up the ball in the box and backheeled it for Di Lorenzo to curl a shot into the far bottom corner.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: KEVIN TRAPP
It usually makes little sense to have a player on the losing team get POTM, but Kevin Trapp ensured that this match wasn’t a much worse showing for the hosts. The keeper made nine saves, including the penalty in the first half. He constantly commanded the box, and bailed his back line out after they made some poor defensive errors.
If Eintracht want any chance of advancing to the quarter-finals, they will have to hope that Trapp is at his best once again, and that the outfield players are capable of going toe-to-toe with this Napoli side.
- All three of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Champions League games in which they’ve failed to score have been at home, while 80% of the goals they’ve conceded in the competition have come in their three defeats.
- Napoli won an away match in the Champions League knockout rounds for the first time, having lost their previous three such games before
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