Napoli continues its campaign of friendly games to find a starting formation capable of replicating 2012’s performance after the departure of Cavani. Galatasaray is also rebuilding its team, but unlike their Italian counterparts, the Turkish side began the process three years ago and is now expected to deliver results.
Bet: Galatasaray X2
Odds: Bet365 2.00
The two teams didn’t play too many friendly games after the regular season came to an end, but both of them have been very successful in defeating their opponents. This is the most serious test for the two teams and with the domestic leagues to begin soon, neither coach can’t afford to take this training game easily. The Italians have home pitchadvantage and that will translate into additional pressure for coach Benitez, who is under intense scrutiny from both the media and the fans.
The Uruguayan striker scored a bucket full of goals for Napoli in the last couple of years, that the fans are expecting the team to play the same aggressive football and win games by a landslide. In order to compensate his absence, Benitez will send in a starting formation featuring three strikers, with newly acquired Higuain to spearhead the attack, alongside Pandev and Calaio. The last two are in their 30s and will have a hard task in penetrating the highly mobile defensive of Galatasaray, especially after Fatih Terim strengthened this segment by acquiring new players.
Napoli is favorite to win the match, but the odds of 1.70 are simply too low to make a wager worthwhile, in fact they work as an incentive for backing the other side. Galatasaray is priced at 2.00 by Bet365 if punters choose a double chance wager, with the stakes being doubled if the visitors don’t lose in Italy.