Napoli – Sahtior Donetk – UEFA Champions League: 21st November 2017
Sahtior is no longer the super power of the time of Mircea Lucescu, but he remains a strong opponent, especially on his own ground. In the tour, the Sahtior defeated the Italians (2-1) and showed he can play smart enough and well-organized to block Napoli’s attackers. It will not be an easy match for Insigne and Hamsik, although they have a lot of technical quality. Something has not worked in the European white-blue campaign, which plays excellent in Serie A, but is not approaching the same level in front of rivals in Europe.
Sahtior has hired its owners for this match
The hosts will miss two players with older medical problems, Ghoulam and Milik being injured. The Kryvtsov and Malyshev will not come from the Ukrainians, but they can easily be replaced, so we will see two teams near the maximum potential on the field. Napoli showed well in the weekend and we have reason to believe they will perform again after 2-1 with AC Milan home. Sahtior just lost to Oleksandria, score 1-2.
Napoli is third in the group, with a single victory in 4 stages, and success with the Sahtior is the only result that keeps the Italians in the fight for qualification. Sahtior ranks second behind Manchester City, with 9 points. So, Naples can only qualify if it defeats the “miners” and then it is also favored by the results of the last round! Complicated calculations, which force host hosts to attack from the start.
THE PROBABLE TEAMS
Napoli: Reina – Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Mario Rui – Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik – Callejon, Mertens, Insigne
Sahtior: Pyatov – Bulko, Khotcholava, Ordets, Ismaily – Stepanenko, Fred – Marlos, Taison, Bernard – Ferreyra