Napoli enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win over Palermo this weekend as José Callejón scored two, Marek Hamsik added another and Lorenzo Insigne was a constant pest cutting in from the left. In short, things could get difficult for Dynamo. The Ukrainian champions had a considerably tougher fixture over the weekend, battling rivals Shaktar Donetsk to a 1-1 draw. While they had their share of chances, Dynamo were regularly beaten over the top as Donetsk attackers zoomed past their back line. Their hope lies in playing at home, where they shut out Chelsea last season. However, if you're tuning in for some Napoli fireworks, it's unlikely you'll be disappointed.
Last campaign, Dynamo made it to the knockout rounds for the first time before losing to Manchester City 3-1 on aggregate. Prior to that, they had spent three straight seasons in the Europa League. They’ll have a decent opportunity to repeat last season’s feat with Besiktas, Napoli and Benfica alongside them in Group B. In attack, Dynamo are lead by Andriy Yarmolenko, who has been in the first team since 2008 and Brazilian Junior Moraes, who scored 11 in 26 appearances last season. They’ll host their Group B opponents in the Olympic Stadium, with a capacity just over 70,000.
Gonazlo Higuain may have left, but with Juve agreeing to the highest fee ever between two Italian clubs, Napoli have wasted no time in reinvesting. Most prominently, Arkadiusz Milik arrives from Ajax, where he scored 21 league goals. Add him to the versatile Marek Hamsik and 24 year old Italy up-and-comer Manolo Gabbiadini and Napoli have the potential to put in another Serie A title push alongside a Champions League campaign. With a forgiving group, they should expect to make the knockout rounds at a minimum.
The second-highest ever scorer for the Ukrainian national team.
The Brazilian has spent most of his career in Eastern Europe - including the Romanian, Bulgarian and Ukrainian leagues.