Napoli will host the Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples with the kick-off scheduled for 20:45 CET. Napoli is hoping to record another win and collect three more points keeping their chances of reaching the next stage alive.
The Italian team is currently ranked 2nd in group B with 7 points, the same amount as the top ranked Benfica has. Breathing down their neck is Besiktas with 6 points, while Dynamo Kiev is at the very bottom with only 1 point, having lost 3 games along with 1 drawn match.
Wednesday night matchup against the Ukrainian side will be a great chance for Napoli to come very close of reaching the knockout stage. Napoli has started the new UEFA Champions league campaign with a perfect score, winning two games in the first two rounds, before losing at home 2:3 to Besiktas and managing to win only 1 point in the return leg against Besiktas.
In the domestic competition Napoli has just ended a 2 game winless streak as they pulled off a close win against Udinese on Saturday. Lorenzo Insigne shined in this match with two important goals. What really mattered for Napoli is the fact that Jose Callejon is finally back in action after sitting out certain period with an injury.
Currently, the Italians are holding the 6th spot in the domestic competition, having collected 24 points, which is 9 points short to the leaders Juventus. Milik is, most likely, going to miss the matchup on Wednesday, while Gabbiadini remains questionable due to a muscle injury.
Dynamo Kiev is aware that their performances have not been up to the task and satisfying so far in the Champions league. They hope to improve their performance on Wednesday, as they are entering the match against Napoli without any pressure.
It will be a tough road trip for the Ukrainian team, but their recent form in the domestic competition, where they secured 3 wins and 2 draws in the last five matches, gives a lot of hope for the visitors. Napoli has conceded a goal in 6 out of the last 8 home games, while on the other side the visitors have scored in eight of their nine away games. This indicates that we are set to see a lot of goals in this game.
So far in the history of the club, Dynamo has faced the Italian teams a total of 21 times, in which they have not seen a lot of success, recording only 2 wins, while suffering a total of 13 defeats.
There is no need to go much deeper in the statistical analysis of this game, considering the fact that the hosts are an absolute favorites to win this game, while on the other side, Dynamo Kiev has slim chances of reaching the 3rd spot and Europe League. Playing in front of their home crowd, Napoli should not have too much troubles of collecting all three points, while both teams should combine 3+ goals.
Napoli expected lineup: Reina – Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam – Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik – Callejon, Milik, Mertens
Coach: Sarri Maurizio
Dynamo Kiev expected lineup: Shovkovsky – Antunes, Khacheridi, Vida, Makarenko – Tsygankov, Garmash, Rybalka, Sydorcuk, Yarmolenko – Moraes
Coach: Rebrov Sergiy
Napoli vs Dynamo Kiev
UEFA Champions League – Group B
Date: Wednesday, 23rd November 2016.
Kick-Off: 20:45 UK,
Venue: Stadio San Paolo, Naples.