Liverpool takes on PSG at Paris and Napoli will have to face Red Star at Naples tonight. This is the only Champions League group where all 4 teams have clear chances of progressing to knockout stage.
For Napoli, this match is extremely important. If they win, they are qualified for the knockout round. If they lose, they will be in tough position, as they will have to face Liverpool at Anfield. However, Red Star Belgrade are formidable opponents.
Moreover, their last accomplishment, win against Liverpool on their field, is a good motivating factor. They pulled a big upset by defeating fantastic team, Liverpool.
Napoli v Red Star Belgrade: Kickoff information
Date: 28 September 2018
Kickoff: 21:00 (local time)
Venue: Stadio San Paolo
Referee: Gil Manzano (ESP)
Napoli v Red Star Belgrade: Probable Line-up
Napoli: Ospina, Rui, Albiol, Koulibaly, Hysaj, Zielinski, Hamsik, Allan, Callejón, Insigne, Mertens
Red Star Belgrade: Borjan, Degenek, Gobeljić, Rodić, Babić, Krsticic, Jovicic, Srnic, Marin, El Fardou Ben, Pavkov
Goran Causic, Filip Stojkovic, Dusan Jovancic and fantastic defender Vujadin Savic, have all been left out of the team because of the injuries. Red Star’s Milan Pavkov remains a doubt with hamstring injury. Injured players which wont participate in this match are Vlad Chiriches, Amin Younes and Simone Verdi.
Italian team will charge in with rested Marek Hamsik against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League this evening. David Ospina should also be in the first team, while Mario Rui replaces Kevin Malcuit on the left-back.
In his pre-match interview, Carlo Ancelotti said:
It’s essential to start this important match well. It’s important, but not decisive, to get through the group. What will count will be intensity and application. ”
“Red Star have been underrated because they lost the last two away matches, but they deserved their win against Liverpool. I expect an organised team that will focus on the counter-attack, with a clear and defined identity.”
“To win we’ll have to defend and attack well, because they won’t play right at our goal but they’re playing to qualify. We can’t think about the other game, we just have to focus on doing well ourselves.”
“It won’t be a decisive game, in my opinion, there is one more to go and everything will be decided at the end. “