Picking the Best Potential Napoli Lineup to Face Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League on Wednesday

Napoli welcome Crvena Zvezda in a huge Champions League tie on Wednesday, with both sides aiming for the competition’s knockout stages.   


The Partenopei could qualify for the round of 16, should they win and Paris Saint-Germain lose against Liverpool. However it won’t be easy, with Red Star needing a win to avoid elimination.   


Carlo Ancelotti will be without Vlad Chiriches, Simone Verdi and Amin Younes, who all miss out through injury.   


Here’s a look at the best possible Napoli lineup for the big game.

1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

David Ospina (GK) - Ospina has played all four Champions League games this season, keeping two clean sheets. After an impressive start to his Napoli career, the club are keen to make his loan from Arsenal a permanent deal.


Elseid Hysaj (RB) - An underrated part of Napoli’s defence, the Albanian is in strong form and looks likely to make up a solid Partenopei backline on Wednesday.


Raul Albiol (CB) - Albiol has formed a formidable partnership alongside Koulibaly, making 14 appearances for the Partenopei this season He has kept five clean sheets this season, across domestic and European games.   


Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) - Koulibaly has been at the heart of Napoli’s defence all season, being the only defender to play every game this term.


Mario Rui (LB) - Like Ospina, Rui has played every minute of Napoli’s Champions League campaign this season. He has been solid at left back, and will definitely start on Wednesday.   

2. Midfielders

Piotr Zielinski (LM) - The Polish midfielder is again one of Napoli’s key players, having played every single game this season. He should start, and will hope to add to his two goals this season.   


Marek Hamsik (CM) - Napoli’s captain is truly the heart of the team. Although he is now 31, the Slovakian is still at the top of his game, having made 12 appearances this season. If Napoli want to win, they’ll need Hamsik to perform.   


Allan (CM) - Allan will make up the midfield pivot, as he has throughout the season. The Brazilian has played all 17 Napoli games this season, grabbing two assists in the process.   


José Callejón (RM) - Now 31, Callejón doesn’t seem to be showing any sign of slowing down. The Napoli winger is top of the team’s assist charts, with a remarkable eight in 15 games.  

3. Forwards

Lorenzo Insigne (FW) - Napoli’s top goalscorer this season needs to be in form if they want to get all three points. In 16 games, Insigne has scored a fantastic ten goals, as well as registering three assists.   


Dries Mertens (FW) - Mertens has played every game for the Partenopei this season, and has formed a lethal partnership with Insigne. The Belgian has been a scorer and a provider, with eight goals and four assists for Napoli.