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Betting Tips for Today: Napoli could struggle in Belgrade as Champions League gets underway

10:00 SAST 2018/09/18
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The group stage kicks off on Tuesday and Carlo Ancelotti's men look too short in the betting considering their poor away record in Europe of late

Napoli begin their Champions League campaign with a trip to Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday evening. Group C looks a tough assignment too, with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool occupying the other two spots.

The bookmakers believe the visitors are firm favourites for this game though. 888Sport are offering just 11/25 (1.44) on Carlo Ancelotti's side securing three points.

Red Star came through the qualifying rounds to claim a spot at Europe's top table and they are significant underdogs. A home win is priced at 8/1 (9.0) while the draw is a 7/2 (4.50) shot.

While Napoli are clearly the superior team in this contest, their away record in Europe doesn't inspire much confidence, especially at such a short price.

Last season the Serie A side lost all three away matches in their Champions League group. A 2-1 defeat at Manchester City would have been expected but they also went down by the same score line to Shakhtar Donetsk and Feyenoord.

The hosts are flying in the early part of the Super Liga season, having taken a perfect 21 points from their opening seven matches. They also had to get the better of Red Bull Salzburg in order to qualify for this stage.

While the quality of that opposition obviously isn't as high as they're likely to face here, Red Star certainly look capable of making things tough for the visitors and the prices available make that an angle worth considering.

Ancelotti's side lost 3-0 to Sampdoria on their last domestic away day and their struggles on the road mean opposing them for this trip to Serbia makes some appeal.

888Sport go 39/20 (2.95) that the home side take at least a point from the match. This wager can be found as Red Star Belgrade or Draw in the Double chance market and looks attractive as a small stakes selection given that Napoli have had their fair share of travel sickness in this competition of late.

Red Star Belgrade/Draw (Double Chance) at 39/20 (2.95) for a 1pt stake with 888Sport