MX23RW : Wednesday, November 21 00:28:47
Sep 18, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadio San Paolo
Napoli
2-1
DortmundBorussia Dortmund
Higuain (29'), Insigne (66')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Zuniga (87' og.)
Weidenfeller (46')

Preview: Napoli vs. Borussia Dortmund

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Champions League Group F meeting between Napoli and Borussia Dortmund.

The current leaders of Serie A and the Bundesliga will meet on Wednesday when Napoli and Borussia Dortmund clash in the Champions League at the Stadio San Paolo.

The home side, who are under new management this season with Rafael Benitez, invested heavily in their squad over the summer as they prepare for just their second campaign in the group stages of the Champions League.

However, Napoli have not beaten German opposition in any of their last seven fixtures, losing five times and drawing twice in the process.

Dortmund, meanwhile, finished runners-up to domestic rivals Bayern Munich in the Champions League last season. Their record against Italian opposition is not particularly strong, however, with 14 defeats from 27 matches.

As mentioned, Napoli will enter the match sitting atop the Serie A table, having won all three of their league fixtures to date and scoring nine times. Dortmund, meanwhile, have won all five of their Bundesliga fixtures thus far, with 15 points leaving them top of the division.

Benitez could recall Jose Callejon to his starting lineup, while Marek Hamsik is also expected to step back into the team at the expense of Giandomenico Mesto. Gonzalo Higuain, Pepe Reina and Raul Albiol are all due to make their Champions League debuts for the Italian club.

Meanwhile, Dortmund will have both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang available, but Sebastian Kehl is a slight doubt with an ankle injury.

Recent form

Napoli: LWWWW

Dortmund: WWWWW

Possible starting lineups

Napoli: Reina; Cannavaro, Albiol, Armero; Hamsik, Inler, Mertens, Dzemaili, Insigne; Callejon, Higuain

Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Schmelzer, Hummels, Subotic, Bender; Sahin, Mkhitaryan, Kehl; Reus, Lewandowski, Aubameyang

Sports Mole says: 1-1

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Juventus1211102681834
2Napoli1291226131328
3Inter Milan1281322101225
4Lazio127141814422
5AC Milan126332116521
6Roma125432215719
7SassuoloSassuolo125432017319
8Atalanta BCAtalanta125342314918
9Parma125251215-317
10Fiorentina124531810817
11Torino124531715217
12Sampdoria124351615115
13CagliariCagliari123541216-414
14Genoa124261726-914
15SPALSPAL124171119-813
16Bologna122461118-710
17Empoli122371221-99
18Udinese122371118-79
19FrosinoneFrosinone121471025-157
20AC Chievo VeronaChievo120391030-200

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