After you have had your pancakes, why not flip over to the Champions League on Tuesday.
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As Napoli are already acting as Italian champions elect, they will now look to make further progress in Europe’s premier club competition.
Dark Horses No More
When this season’s Champions League got underway, not many observers would have predicted Napoli to serve up the best performance of Matchday 1. With that being said, Liverpool supporters would certainly not have.
Because it was the Merseyside men who felt the full strength of Napoli’s attack and after the Reds capitulated at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, Luciano Spaletti’s men eventually ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.
While it was a result that certainly set the tone for the rest of Napoli’s Champions League group stage exploits. 15 points from 18 on offer, 20 goals scored and were it not for qualification already in the bag by the time they got to Anfield, it may well have been six wins from six.
However, five has certainly been more than enough for the Italian league leaders to advance to the Round of 16 and although Napoli may have been considered a dark horse at the start of the competition, that is certainly not the case anymore.
Something that Eintracht Frankfurt will certainly be aware of before Tuesday night and with the knockout phase draw pairing the two sides together, the German’s will be wondering where the reward for progress actually is.
Although there are plenty of big guns still in the competition, there is a sense that Oliver Glasner and his men will be disappointed with the draw. Then again, this is largely the team that won last season’s Europa League and they are not willing to end their European adventure just yet.
Not only that, but after Bayern Munich’s shock defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach at the weekend, Eintracht Frankfurt find themselves just five points behind the current league leaders and on the outskirts of the Bundesliga title race.
The resumption of that will not appear until the weekend, as first the small matter of Victor Osimhen must be dealt with. The Nigerian has looked relentless in attack this season and his transfer value is rapidly increasing with every game that he plays.
Of course, it is not just Osimhen who will be the only thorn in the Deutsche Bank Park outfit’s side. You can add Georgian international Khvicha Kvaratskhelia to that list, teammate Eljif Elmas should be a worthwhile addition at the same time.
Which means it is time to look at the tips before this enthralling European encounter and although Napoli do not have home advantage, the Nigerian hitman poses one of his own. With this in mind, I am backing Osimhen to score first at odds of 5/1.
Not only that but I have a second tip up my sleeve and one where the hosts get back into the game in the second half. This is where home advantage will come good and with a Napoli lead at 45 and full time draw at 12/1, I think this is the way to squeeze some more value from the game.
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