Napoli vs. Viktoria PlzenBy: Neil | February 14th, 2013
Insigne has pulled out of the squad with an illness. Pandev takes his place in the starting lineup, while Rolando makes his debut appearance for Napoli as il capitano is rested. Maggio also returns from injury.
De Sanctis – Gamberini, Rolando, Britos – Maggio, Donadel, Dzemaili, El Kaddouri, Zuniga – Pandev, Cavani
Viktoria Plzen currently leads the Czech Gambrinus Liga, and has the best defensive record in that division. They also won a Europa group featuring Atletico Madrid. They are not to be taken lightly, and like Dnipro they are much better than any ranking would inidicate. Many of their players have experience in the Czech national team and will not be intimidated by the environment at the San Paolo.
Keeping a clean sheet is a priority for Napoli – you don’t want to go back to Plzen with the Czechs having one or more away goals in case it goes to a tiebreaker.
I have no idea how to predict this one. The first half will probably be a feeling out between two teams that have (to my knowledge) never played each other. Look for Napoli to turn it up in the second half.
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