When Napoli hosts Portuguese team Braga at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on December 12, they will be aiming to guarantee their place in the Champions League last-16 round.
In Napoli’s most recent match, they were defeated 4-2 by Real Madrid, giving up 2 goals in the last 10 minutes. Napoli’s campaign in the Champions League group stage was not very successful, but despite their 2 losses, they were able to secure a great opportunity to proceed to the next round. With a maximum advantage of 15 points, Real Madrid holds an unchallenged lead in first place. Napoli, in second place, has 7 points, 3 points more than their opponent, Braga. The Italian squad will undoubtedly aim for all three points even though they only need one point to go to the knockout stage. Napoli has not won at home in the Champions League this campaign, having drawn with Union Berlin and fallen to Real Madrid; nevertheless, they have won 4 of their last 6 home games against Portuguese opponents, drawing two, and dropping the other two, so history might be made in this game.
While Braga has also struggled this season on the continental circuit, they are still optimistic about making it to the knockout stages. Last time out, they tied 1-1 with Union Berlin. They fell behind late in the first half, but early in the second half, Alvaro Djalo pulled them even. Though they didn’t play poorly in the earlier games, Braga required a lot of luck and improved play to finish in the top two in such a competitive group. Although the Portuguese team’s prospects of winning are slim, they still have a chance to finish in second place. It is considered that they will finish in third place and move on to the Europa League’s knockout stage, where they will face stiff competition all the way to the top.
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Napoli vs Braga Game Information
- Date: 12/12/2023
- Time: 03:00 PM ET
- Location: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
- How to Watch Napoli vs Braga: ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv