Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Napoli vs Arsenal 11-12-2013 Champions League

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Napoli vs Arsenal  - Uefa Champions League 2013/2014
Date: Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - 8:45 pm CET - 19:45 UK (BST)
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo, Napoli, Italy

Arsenal take on Napoli in the final Champions League group match at the Stadio San Paolo on Wednesday. Neither Arsenal nor Napoli may be sure their European progression. Still these are Arsene Wenger’s men who face an easier task while even a draw in the south of Italy will be enough to clinch the first place in Group F.
Napoli sit now third in Group F having equal number points as the second Borussia Dortmund. The team from Naples may still progress to the knockout stage of UEFA Champions League. If they do not want to rely on the score of the Marseille – Dortmund clash, they must win by a three-goal margin. Manager Rafa Benitez has a few players unavailable for the Wednesday match. The biggest miss for the Italians is their influential midfielder Marek Hamsik. The other injured players are Juan Camilo Zuniga and Giandomenico Mesto. In Italian Serie A they have scored 32 points which places them at a very good third position being four points above Internazionale and five behind second Roma. Their recent form cannot calm down their supporters; in the last five games, Napoli managed to take three points only away against poor Lazio and secure one point in the last Serie A game hosting Udinese.
  • Probable lineups SSC Napoli (4-2-3-1): Reina, Maggio, Fernandez, Albiol, Armero, Behrami, Inler, Callejon, Pandev, Insigne, Higuain.

Arsenal are now sitting three points clear at the top of the table of Group F. In order to reach the place among the last-16 sides of UEFA Champions League must avoid a 3 goal defeat from the home team. Such a defeat would mean that Arsene Wenger and his men have to wait for the final scoreline in Marseille. Draw will also enable the Gunners to enter for the 11th time in a row the knockout stage of the Champions League. In front of the Wenger’s men there is a hard time – upcoming game against in Italy, and then matched against Manchester City and Chelsea – their title rivals. Arsenal are the leader of the table with five points ahead of second Liverpool and third Chelsea. Arsenal’s supporters would be in even better moods, if only their team had taken the full advantage of City’s draw and Chelsea’s defeat in the last matchday of the English Premier League when they held only a draw against Everton. The injured are still Bacary Sagna and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The German international Lukas Podolski has returned to the full training but his presence in the squad is still a doubt. The manager Arsene Wenger may rotate the squad giving Ramsey and Wilshere some rest before City game.
  • Probable lineups Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Rosicky, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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