Real Madrid Looks To Clinch Berth To Champions League Quarter-Finals

Published on March 6th, 2017 5:58 pm EST

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The UEFA Champions League 2016/17 season - Napoli vs. Real Madrid.According to the oddsmakers, Napoli will need something akin to divine intervention if they want to advance past Real Madrid in the Champions League tournament.

On Tuesday, Napoli will be playing host to Real Madrid. Real Madrid has a stranglehold on the match, as they won 3-1 in front of their home fans on Wednesday, February 15th. The lone glimmer of hope for Napoli and their supporters is the fact that they managed to score an away goal, which may come in handy depending on how things shake out on Wednesday.

That being said, Real Madrid is playing a very high level of football right now, as evidenced by their current run in La Liga. The club is currently in second place in the La Liga table, one point behind Barcelona, though they have one all-important game in hand. Napoli, on the other hand, is currently sitting in third place in Serie A with a record of 17-6-4.

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Here are the current betting odds for Wednesday's match:

Real Madrid, 29/20
Napoli, 9/5
Draw, 14/5

According to these odds, Real Madrid has a 40.82% chance of notching an outright win on Wednesday, while Napoli has a 35.71% chance of emerging on top. Real Madrid has the clear advantage though based on the results of the first game, and they will likely be satisfied just sitting back and looking to take advantage of overcommitments from the Napoli side.

Here are the odds to qualify for the next round of Champions League play:

Real Madrid, 1/10
Napoli, 6/1

Here are the three likeliest outcomes of Wednesday's game, according to the bookmakers:

Draw 1-1, 13/2
Real Madrid 2-1, 17/2
Napoli 2-1, 10/1

All three of these results would see Real Madrid advance to the next round.

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Real Madrid has stumbled a bit as of late, as they have played to a draw against Las Palmas and lost to Valencia in recent weeks.

Can Napoli take advantage of this stumble? Can they put enough goals past the Real Madrid keeper in order to advance to the next round?

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