It will be a pointless game for Napoli as they have secured their place in the knockout stages in the Europa League. But it will be a key game for Legia Warsaw as they look to nab the second spot in the group.
Napoli had their great unbeaten streak snapped in a 3-2 loss to Bologna over the weekend. After going down 3-0, Gonzalo Higuain led Napoli back with two goals but it was not enough as they suffered the shock defeat. This loss also moved Napoli down to third in the Serie A table. With a game against Roma coming up, Napoli will have to get over the loss to Bologna quickly. In Europe, Napoli are flying as they haven't lost in the Europa League so far. They have already qualified for the knockout stages and will likely rest a lot of players against Warsaw.
Like Napoli, Warsaw come into this game on good form as well. They are currently second in the Ekstraklasa and are five points behind leaders Piast Gliwice. Warsaw play Gliwice after this game and it will be a tough game back to back for the Polish team. They will be facing two quality teams and will need all the will power they have. They will also need a win against Napoli and hope that FC Midtjylland don't beat Club Brugge to have a shot at advancing to the knockout stages.
The key player for Napoli will be Gonzalo Higuain once again. With Manolo Gabbiadini out with injury, Napoli will have to find someone else to do the scoring in the Europa League for them. It may be a good idea to ask the striker that has been in top form in Serie A. Look for Higuain to have some great chances in this game.
The key player for Legia Warsaw will be Nemanja Nikolic. He is Warsaw's leading scorer with 20 goals this season and will have to pick up the scoring for Warsaw.
Maurizio Sarri will be without Manolo Gabbiadini as he suffered an injury and will miss the clash against Warsaw.
What They're Saying
"Of all the foreign players, I would have to pick Higuain." said former Real Madrid manager Carlos Ancelotti to Gazzetta dello Sport (via ESPNFC).
"I picked up at the Naples court failures [bankruptcy] and now we are the 15th team in the world. On the same level as Real Madrid and Barcelona" said Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis to Repubblica (via FourFourTwo.com)