Our football match prediction:
People had doubts of whether Napoli will be able to recover from the departure of their free-scoring striker Gonzalo Higuain, who was in lethal form for the Partenopei last season. The Italian side brought the worthy replacement in Arkadiusz Milik however, with the 22-year-old Poland striker already with 6 goals to his name. Without a defeat in the new season, Maurizio Sarri’s men will be looking to make another statement in Europe after their 2-1 triumph at Dynamo Kiev and will without a doubt have to be considered firm favourites against Benfica. Portugal outfit have had a similarly impressive start to the new season. The 1-1 draw against Besiktas was the only set-back in last five matches for Rui Vitoria’s men, but the game at Napoli is likely to be their biggest test so far. As Benfica prepare to travel to Italy without a couple of injured first-team members we struggle to predict anything else other than a home win in what is likely to be an openly-contested clash.
Highlighted Player (Marek Hamsik):
Marek Hamsik is a Slovakian football player born on 27th of July 1987 in Banska Bystrica. Hamsik strated his football career playing for Slovan Bratislava where he made his debut in 2004. After 4 games he got transferred to Brescia where he played for more than 64 games. In season 2007/2008 Hamsik signed a contract at Napoli which paid Brescia approximately 5.5 million euro. Hamsik made his debut for the Slovakian national team in February 2007 and participated in the World Cup 2010 in South Africa.Hamsik is a offensive midfielder which is known for his impressive vision. Hamsik was part of the Napoli team that managed to became runner up and reach to the Champions League. With Edison Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi Napoli was a feared team. Hamsik won the Coppa Italia twice in 2011/2012 and in 2013/2014 with Napoli. In the season 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014 Hamsik was rewarded as the best Slovakian football player of the year.
Highlighted Team (Benfica):
Member of the ‘Big Three’ clubs in Portugal alongside FC Porto and CP Sporting, Sport Lisboa e Benfica are the football club that has never been relegated from the Primeira Liga. The club is nicknamed Aguias because of the Eagle symbol atop the club’s crest. Benfica play their home games at the Estadio da Luz which replaced the original one in 2003 and which boasts the capacity of more than 64,000. Arguably the most successful club in Portugal, Benfica have won a record of 35 Primeira Liga titles and also a record 25 Taca de Liga and 7 Taca da Liga trophies. Two-time European Cup winners, Benfica are the club known for their diligent work with youth players, many of which went on to make great careers abroad. The most prominent players to wear a Benfica shirt are legendary Eusebio, Manuel Bento, Jorge Tavares and most recently Javier Saviola, Nuno Gomes, David Luiz and Angel Di Maria.