Borussia Dortmund v Napoli: Champions League match preview
A look ahead to the Champions League Group F encounter at the Westfalenstadion
Tuesday 26 November 2013
Last year’s finalists Borussia Dortmund have made a difficult start to their Champions League campaign. They lie third in Group F, three points behind Napoli and Arsenal.
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Dortmund lost the Champions League final last season to Bayern Munich and they were again beaten by the same opposition last weekend in the Bundesliga, going down 3-0 at home. In order to keep their hopes of qualification alive, Dortmund must win or face an acrimonious end to their campaign.
In seasons gone by this may have been a straightforward victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side but Napoli’s excellent performances in Europe this season has meant that the Germans no longer face a simple task.
Napoli have lost their last two Serie A games and lie third in their domestic league table, six points behind Juventus. However their European form has been much more consistent, winning three out of four group games.
Gonzalo Higuain will likely be the main goal threat for Rafael Benitez's men, the Argentine has scored three times already this season in the Champions League.
Last Meeting (One and only meeting):
Napoli 2 (Higuain, Insigne) Borussia Dortmund 1 (Zuniga og), Champions League, September 18 2013.
Dortmund have lost their last two European home games against Italian sides, failing to score in both matches.
Napoli have failed to score in just one of their 12 Champions League games, last month against Arsenal (0-2)
Napoli have won none of their last nine trips to Germany (D5, L4)
Borussia Dortmund win – 1.57
Napoli win – 5.5
Draw - 4.0
Highlights on ITV at 22:35.
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