Real came from behind to win the first leg 3-1 but these sides have suffered contrasting fortunes since as Napoli picked up an excellent 2-1 win at Roma on the weekend, while Real have been beaten at Valencia and held to a draw at home to Las Palmas, though they did get back to winning ways at Eibar last time out.
Napoli have lost only one of their last 13 at the Stadio San Paolo in all competitions and whilst they’ve predominantly featured in the Europa League in recent times, their European home record since 2013/14 is an impressive W13-D5-L1. When hosting the Milan sides, Roma and Juve they’re W10-D3-L2 in Serie A since 2013/14, so they’ll fancy their chances of causing Madrid a scare here, though it’ll be a big task to knock them out.
Indeed, sides that have lost the first away leg of a Champions League knockout tie by two goals since 2009/10 have won eight of the nine return legs. However, Real haven’t lost any of their 21 Champions League away games since 2013/14 by more than two goals, though there were a couple of 2-0 defeats in that time, which will give Napoli some hope. Los Blancos were held to draws at Legia Warsaw and Dortmund in the group stages and given the dip in their league form, we’re looking to take them on here, particularly as they’ve won just one of their last five away in Europe.
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