Feyenoord-Napoli Match Day 6
Wednesday December 6th @ 20:45 Stadion De Kuip, Rotterdam
After a heartbreaking loss to Juventus, Napoli hope to regain confidence and qualify for the Champions League knockout stages. Feyenoord will host Napoli in Rotterdam at 20:45 (2:45 EST) on Wednesday evening. The Partenopei will look for answers on improving their timid and fatigued showing in the previous league match and will be given a golden opportunity again to showcase their offensive push through eloquent attacking plays and high pressing position. However, a win against Feyenoord may not be enough as Napoli’s fate into the next round will also be determined by Manchester City. Currently sitting in third place in the group, Napoli will be hoping for Manchester City to beat Shakhtar at the Etihad as this would see them advance due to their better head-to-head record over the Ukrainian side.
Sarri’s pre-match press conference highlighted that his team are not in a crisis. – “This game has nothing to do with the Serie A season. My players have put together more points than any other Napoli team in history and tomorrow, with a bit of luck, we’ll be the first Napoli side to reach the Champions League Round of 16 for two seasons in a row. The longer the unbeaten spell, the more a defeat is painful. It certainly hurt, especially as we thought we deserved at least a draw with Juve. However, this is certainly not a crisis. This team earned 206 points in 91 matches, an average of 2.27 per game”. The coach’s words will provide some inspiration for a Napoli side playing for pride and determination of making it to the final 16.
Some interesting stats heading into this matchup include Feyenoord not winning at home in the Champions League since October 2001, since then they have suffered two draws and three defeats. On the other side, Napoli have only played against Dutch teams away from home only twice in Europa League equalizing 3-3 against Utrecht (2010-11) and lost 3-0 against PSV Edinhoven (2012-13). This will be a heated tilt between the both squads as Napoli will have to make changes to their bolstered attack without without the services of Lorenzo Insigne, who suffered an injury against Juventus. This leaves Zielinski as the reported replacement.
Probable Feyenoord formation : (4-3-3) Jones, Nieuwkoop, Van Beek, St. Juste, Haps, Amrabat, Toormstra, Vilhena, Berghuis, Jorgensen, Larsson.
Napoli probable formation : (4-3-3) Reina, May, Koulibaly, Chiriches, Hysaj, Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik, Callejon, Mertens, Zielinski.