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Napoli vs. Trabzonspor: Match preview, schedule, and how to watch the Europa League

Napoli have a commanding lead coming in to the second leg of this Europa League tie. Can Trabzonspor do anything to overturn it, or are they just holding on to prevent further embarrassment?

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This has the feeling of a formality, but Napoli will still need to be focused and effective in this match. Despite the beatdown they delivered to Trabzonspor in Turkey last week, they need to be careful not to get complacent and risk the same thing happening to them at home. Still, it shouldn't take much to win this tie. 4-0 is awfully hard to overcome, after all.

Napoli vs. Trabzonspor:February 26, 2015 9:05 p.m. CET, 3:05 p.m. ET Stadio San PaoloNaples, Italy
Avoiding Embarassment

There's no question about it: Trabzonspor got curb-stomped in the first leg of this tie. They were hoping to use their home advantage in Turkey to try to eke any advantage they could heading in to the second leg, and instead got played off the pitch to the tune of a 4-0 drubbing. They rarely even looked competitive in the match, and now they have to find any silver lining they can in the second leg.

Ersun Yanal's club will have to try to find that consolation without a few key players, though. Mehemt Ekici returns from his first-leg suspension, but defender Essaid Belkalem misses out with a hamstring injury, and Jose Bosingwa and Yusuf Erdogan are both doubts with leg injuries of their own.

No One Get Hurt, Please

As long as Napoli don't fall asleep for 90 minutes, this tie is pretty much in the bag. Of course, maintaining focus in this kind of scenario can be difficult, so we probably shouldn't expect perfection in this match. Still, an early goal or two and this one can be put to bed, and even with a lineup of mostly reserves, Napoli are well capable of pulling this off.

Rafael Cabral is expected to be reintroduced to the lineup, hoping to show confidence after a couple miscues in his last two matches sent him to the bench. Expect a heavily-rotated squad ahead of him, though, including minutes for rarely-used defenders Henrique Buss and Giandomenico Mesto, as well as recently out-of-favor midfielders Jorginho and Gokhan Inler.

Projected Lineups Sure To Be Wrong

Napoli: Rafael; Mesto, Henrique, Britos, Ghoulam; Inler, Jorginho; Gabbiadini, De Guzman, Mertens; Higuain

Trabzonspor: Arikan; Bosingwa, Akbas, Demir, Nizam; Medjani, Dursun; Yilmaz, Ekici, Erdogan; Cardozo

At a glance

Trabzonspor: 5th in SuperLig; 8W 10D 3L; League Form: DWDWWD

Napoli: 3rd in Serie A; 13W 6D 5L; League Form: WLWWWW

Last Time Out: Trabzonspor 0-4 Napoli

You remember how this went: Napoli knocked Trabzonspor down and didn't let them up or stop kicking them until the final whistle blew. It was a start-to-stop domination, and it was much needed after a shock loss in the league the weekend before. The full recap is here.

Watch It

TV: Premium Calcio 1, Premium Calcio 2 HD (Italy), Smart Spor (Turkey)

Online: Fox Soccer 2GO, ESPN3 (U.S.), Sportsnet World Now (Canada), Premium Play (Italy)

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