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Thread: Napoli - Villarreal

Whoever plays at LB, don't allow this to happen.
Whoever plays at LB, don't allow this to happen.

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.