Michael Owen states his prediction for Napoli v Liverpool FC
BT Sport pundit Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC to beat Napoli in Italy on Tuesday night
Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC to ease to victory over Napoli in their Champions League opener in Naples on Tuesday night.
The Merseyside outfit have made an impressive start to the Premier League campaign following five successive victories.
Liverpool FC were 3-1 winners against Newcastle United at Anfield on Saturday courtesy of goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
The Reds are sitting five points clear of their title rivals Manchester City following the defending champions’ 3-2 loss to Norwich City at the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will start their defence of their Champions League crown with a difficult trip to Napoli.
Liverpool FC lost 1-0 in Naples last term despite the six-time European champions going on to win the competition.
Former England striker Owen is backing Liverpool FC to ease past Napoli in their Champions League clash on Tuesday night.
“The sides met in the group stages last season and Napoli ran out deserved winners in Italy despite the fact that the only goal of the game came in the 90th minute,” Owen told BetVictor.
“The Reds have improved again in the last 12 months, however, and I expect the holders to gain a narrow, but significant, victory in Naples in what promises to be a tight, close affair.”
Liverpool FC were 2-0 winners against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final in Madrid last term.
The Reds are looking to become just the second team to retain the Champions League crown after Real Madrid.
Klopp’s men have already achieved success in Europe this season following a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.
Liverpool FC have won the European Cup in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005 and 2019.