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Barcelona vs Napoli: Fun facts

Barcleona vs Napoli
Barcleona vs Napoli

Barcelona and Napoli will have everything to play for in the return leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 clash following a 1-1 draw in Italy.

Barcelona take the field after racking up a competition record 35 Champions League home games without a loss (W31, D4), with their last defeat on the home ground coming against Bayern Munich in 2013.

Also, Barca boast a solid overall home record versus Italian visitors (W18, D6, L2), having won 12 of their last 15 such affairs.

The Catalan giants have successfully negotiated all 12 of their previous Champions League last-16 ties and were also triumphant in 21 of 26 two-legged ties in which they drew the first leg on the road.

Certainly not a kind of statistic Napoli would want to dwell on in the build-up to their trip to Camp Nou.

However, Quique Setien might be worried to know Barcelona have bowed out in both of their previous Champions League ties against Serie A rivals.

Napoli, who bid to progress from the Round of 16 for the first time, have lost five of six two-legged ties versus Spanish rivals, including the last four.

None of Napoli’s seven competitive trips to Spain has ended in a draw (W2, L5), with losses in their previous three such matchups.

The ‘Partenopei’ have clinched just two wins from their last nine continental trips (D4, L3) and are winless in seven consecutive H2Hs with La Liga sides (D3, L4).

Particularly significant to their hopes of prevailing in this showdown is the fact the Serie A outfit have never won a two-legged tie that saw them draw the first leg on home turf (L5).

Bet365 rates Barcelona as 3/5 candidates to run out winners after 90 minutes and sees them as odds-on favorites to win the tie (9/25).