Match date: 23 Nov 2016
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Champions League
| Stake: 9/10
| Pick: 1 (-1.25 AH)
| Match result:
0-0 - Lost
Napoli isn't playing on same level as in previous season, they are at 6th spot at the table in Italy and nine points are behind leaders Juventus, in Champions league didn't impressed with results if we consider that they don't have some strong group, i don't want to underestimate Benfica and Besiktas but they aren't among strongest European teams, it was expected more from Napoli in this season but it seems that fact that Higuain left the club during last summer affected on their attack and they simple aren't effective as were in last season. Tonight they will host Dynamo Kiev and must win in this game to at least retain second spot in Champions league group B, they have equal number of points as leaders Benfica and only one point more than second placed Besiktas. Hosts managed to end their winless streak of three games in previous round of Serie A with victory over Udinese away from home, that for sure gave them additional confidence and here should be able to achieve another victory and get one step closer to a knockout stage. there is still time for them to improve their form, absence of forward Milik is for sure one of the bigger problems for hosts in recent weeks but they are clear favorites in this game and i have no doubts that will win here. Beside forward Milik (7/4), defender Albiol (6/0) and forward Gabbiadini (9/1) are having injury issues and their appearances are in doubt.
Dynamo Kiev on the other hand are weakest team in this group and they collected only one point in previous four games, that point they earned in match against Besiktas away from home and i just doubt that will manage to move from last spot in last two rounds, they are five points behind third placed Besiktas and if here don't achieve victory they will be without any chances to reach Europa league knockout stage but to do something in this game must show some amazing skills, in first round they were defeated by Napoli at home with one goal margin, now i doubt that will avoid more convincing defeat. Guests celebrated in last two rounds of their domestic league and there are at second spot with 8 points less than leaders Shakhtar, still are in title race but in Europe have small chances for success. They don't have enough quality for great results in strongest European competition and tonight are facing with one of the strongest Italian team, there is big gap in quality of these two teams and their leagues and i simple don't believe that guests can avoid convincing defeat especially since victory for home side is a must. Visitors are coming here without injured defender Danilo Silva (5/0), midfielders Fedorchuk (6/1), Gusev (6/1) and forward Gladkiy (8/0).
Napoli started season with great results, later they dropped their form and now can't afford failures, here have imperative to celebrate and that shouldn't be a problem for them, guests are without chances to survive in Europe, for sure won't be sitting and waiting here but in my opinion victory of hosts is only possible outcome for this game.