Villarreal manager Juan Carlos Garrido has talked up Napoli in the buildup to today's match. Expect a sold-out Estadio San Paolo for the partenopei's first UEFA Champions League match at home in some two decades.
One wonders if a certain retired #10 will be in attendance. Just imagine what that would do for the atmosphere. It will be imperative to survive the opening quarter-hour, then get into our rhythm.
For how poorly we have started the season, this fixture is a chance to redeem almost everything. One point and a good performance, or even all three, would propel us into two very accessible league fixtures: at home against Zaragoza and away to Getafe. Then comes the home-and-home against Manchester City and a visit to the Bernabéu.
Today's match will air on Fox Sports Net (U.S.) and GolT (Spain). Kickoff time is 2:45 pm Eastern.
Let's do this, boys.
UPDATE: Here is Villarreal's starting lineup:
Diego López; Zapata, Gonzalo, Musacchio, Catalá; De Guzmán, Senna, Bruno, Cani; Nilmar y Rossi
The only change from Saturday is the enforced one, de Guzman for Borja.