Atletico Madrid vs Napoli predictions for Tuesday’s Audi Cup meeting in Munich. Atletico Madrid and Napoli continue their pre-season campaigns with this clash at the Allianz Arena. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
With La Liga not getting underway until the latter half of August Atletico Madrid have enjoyed a lengthy summer break, only returning to action last week when they faced Toluca. That game ended goalless, but we’re hoping for a more entertaining match on Tuesday.
Atletico Madrid’s squad is pretty much the same as it was last season, thanks to their transfer ban that covers this summer market. The big name to leave is Theo Hernandez, who has switched sides to Real Madrid. Hernandez spent the season out on loan at Alaves though and has never made an appearance for Atletico, so he won’t be a miss this season.
This leaves Diego Simeone very little to do with regards to squad integration, with the manager instead focusing on trying to bridge the gap between them and Real Madrid and Barcelona with their current flock of players. The one positive to come from their transfer ban is that they have been able to keep hold of star striker Antoine Griezmann, so we can expect another season of him teaming up with Yannick Carrasco and Koke.
Napoli have also been fairly quiet in the transfer market, signing centre back Nikola Maksimovic, winger Adam Ounas, and midfielder Marko Rog. Most importantly they have been able to ward off any interest in their star players, so Marek Hamsik and Lorenzo Insigne can try to pry the Serie A title from Juventus’ grip.
The Italians have already been involved in plenty of pre-season action too, starting it with a huge 17-0 win over Anaunia in the middle of July and playing against Trento, Carpi, and Chievo since then. They have friendlies against Bournemouth and Espanyol to look forward to after the Audi Cup as well.
Despite this being a friendly, we’re not expecting too many goals here. Atletico Madrid have seen fewer than three goals in seven of their last nine non competitive games and tend to keep it tight at the back even in friendlies. Odds of 11/10 for Under 2.5 Goals look good value, so we’re backing that and a 1-1 correct score predictions at 11/2.