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Preview: Feyenoord – Napoli

Napoli’s gamble to prioritize Serie A over the Champions League (CL) has left them needing a win in their last game at Feyenoord while praying for help elsewhere to qualify for the round of 16 from Group F.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

The hosts are fourth in the table after matchday five (0 pts, L5) and have no hopes from this fixture as they are sure to finish last irrespective of the result. Feyenoord’s first CL foray since 2002/03 hasn’t gone to plan and they are set to become the 20th team to have lost all six games in CL group phase (maybe 21st if Benfica lose).

Napoli are third ahead of the final matchday (6pts, W2, L3) and need a win against Feyenoord to keep their slim qualification hopes alive. That alone won’t help as they must also hope that Shakhtar Donetsk lose at home to runaway leaders Manchester City.

The Dutch Champions have not registered a home win in the CL since 2001 (D2, L3). As for Napoli, they have lost four of their last 11 European away fixtures (36%) since the start of 2015/16, including two in the group phase this year (W6, D1, L4).

Feyenoord at home this season have lost four out of 12 matches (W6, D2, L4) scoring 18 goals (avg. of 1.5 goals) while conceding 16 (avg. of 1.33). Napoli’s away form is very impressive in 11 games (W8, D1, L2) with a win percentage of 73%. In these games, the visitors have scored 22 (avg. of 2.0) while conceding only ten (avg. of 0.9) with five clean sheets (45%).

Recent form shows that the hosts have lost eight of their last 17 fixtures (47%) in all competitions. At home, the record for Feyenoord reads four losses out of nine (44%). Napoli, on the other hand, have only lost three of 15 matches (20%) in all competitions while winning 11 (73%). Away from home, they have only lost two of 11 (18%) while winning eight (73%).

 

Missing players

Feyenoord: R. Haps (injury), J-A. van der Heijden (muscle injury), E.F. Botteghin (doubtful)

Napoli: F. Ghoulam (knee injury), A. Milik (knee injury), L. Insigne (injury).