Napoli are level on points with group leaders Benfica, but with Besiktas just a point behind them, they still have work to do. Should Benfica beat Besiktas, Napoli would progress alongside the group leaders with a victory of their own. Kyiv’s hopes are still dimly alive, but would require them to win both of their remaining matches (they have a single point so far) and both Napoli and Besiktas to collapse. Napoli sit in sixth in Serie A after a fast start to the season and have won only three of their last nine in all competitions. Despite that, Marek Hamsik makes Napoli worth watching in nearly any match, even with his painfully awful hair. Ahead of him, Jose Callejon has scored seven in Serie A so far this season. When these two teams met in Ukraine, Arkadiusz Milik scored twice in a 2-1 win and Napoli will be confident of repeating the result at home.
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.
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.
Included in last year's Europa League Team of the Season.
After scoring 16 times in 22 Serie A matches, Mertens turned down a lucrative move to China.
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.