Napoli face a crucial clash on Wednesday, with Dynamo Kyiv coming to town for Champions League action. This match is massively important for Napoli’s qualification hopes to make the knockout rounds —
win and they’re in thanks to Benfica hammering Besiktas earlier in the day (or not because thanks for collapsing at the end, Benfica, way to be useful), but a loss will make everything go down to the wire with no room for error.
So please, Napoli, just win. Please.
Napoli are expected to go with something approximating a full-strength lineup, or at least as close to one as they can muster right now. Arek Milik is still out, obviously, and Manolo Gabbiadini isn’t expected to play as he continues his own injury recovery, though Raul Albiol is in the starting lineup. That means a continuation of the Lorenzo Insigne-Dries Mertens-Jose Callejon trident that we’ve seen plenty of lately, hopefully with Insigne and Callejon continuing their strong form.
Dynamo, on the other hand, have several major players unavailable, including Danilo Silva and Valeriy Fedorchuk. Despite that, they’re coming into this match in strong form, having won three straight matches. Hopefully Napoli can cool them off a bit — something that certainly seems possible given Dynamo’s struggles in the Champions League this season.
Again, please win Napoli. Don’t put us through any more stress than you usually do. Our hearts can’t take it.
Napoli: Pepe Reina; Elseid Hysaj, Raul Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Faouzi Ghoulam; Piotr Zielinski, Amadou Diawara, Marek Hamsik; Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne
Dynamo Kyiv: Artur Rudko; Mykola Morozyuk, Yevhen Khacheridi, Domagoj Vida, Yevhen Makarenko; Serhiy Rybalka; Andriy Yarmolenko, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Denys Harmash, Viktor Tsygankov; Artem Besyedin
TV: PremiumSport HD (Italy), Kanal Ukrayina, Futbol 2 (Ukraine), BT Sport Extra (U.K.)
Online: Fox Soccer 2GO, ESPN3, WatchESPN (U.S.), OLL.tv (Ukraine)
When: Wednesday, 8:45 p.m. CET, 2:45 p.m. ET
Where: Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy