Napoli and Barcelona meet on Thursday in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League knockout stage play-offs after finishing to a 1-1 draw in the first leg last week. The Italian club went ahead, but a Ferran Torres penalty brought the match level, with Barca missing numerous chances to take the victory. That result means a draw here will force extra time, but if any team has the advantage after regulation, they will advance to the round of 16.
Here’s our storylines, how you can watch the match and more:
How to watch and odds
Date: Thursday, Feb. 24 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona — Naples, Italy
TV and live stream: Paramount+
Odds: Napoli +170; Draw +240; Barcelona +150 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne and Victor Osimhen are expected to lead the attack for the hosts as they enter the match nearly in full strength. Eyes will be on Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina after some poor displays as of late, including conceding a horrible shot in the 1-1 draw with Cagliari on Monday.
Barcelona: Xavi’s men enter the game with a day more of rest and get Gerard Pique back after he serves a suspension in La Liga over the weekend. Expect to see Adama Traore, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and and Ferran in attack after they all started on Sunday in the 4-1 win over Valencia. Aubameyang scored a hat trick in the match and enters in top form and full of confidence.
At home, the hosts deliver with a goal in each half and an improved defensive performance to bounce Barca. Pick: Napoli 2, Barcelona 1