Matchday is upon us, and with it a sure-to-be nerve wracking batch against Swansea City. Swansea have gone with a fairly strong lineup, and Napoli have gone with a largely first-choice setup, though with a couple of interesting choices.
While the choice of Rafael over Pepe Reina in goal isn't a surprising one given that the Spaniard is still carrying his knee injury from the Roma match, Rafa Benitez made some gambles along his back line, handing Henrique Buss his full debut alongside Miguel Britos, meaning Raul Albiol is on the bench. Rafa is also starting Anthony Reveillere instead of Faouzi Ghoulam, which seems a risk given the strong form of the Algerian and Reveillere's mediocre performances on the left flank in the last couple of months.
The good news is that Gonzalo Higuain is indeed starting, and will be backed by a Callejon-Hamsik-Insigne attacking midfield, so Swansea's back line will have their hands full. This should prove to be an entertaining match when Napoli's defense isn't busy terrifying us.
Swansea City: Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, B Davies; Canas, Britton; Dyer, Routledge, Pablo Hernandez; Bony
Bench: Tremmel, Amat, Taylor, Shelvey, De Guzman, Ngog, Emnes
Napoli: Rafael; Maggio, Henrique, Britos, Reveillere; Inler, Dzemaili; Insigne, Hamsik, Callejon; Higuain
Bench: Reina, Albiol, Ghoulam, Behrami, Mertens, Pandev, Duvan Zapata
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