Our football match prediction:
Napoli will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk when they welcome Feyenoord at their Stadio San Paolo. The Serie A side are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Dutch champions in Tuesday’s football match. Maurizio Sarri’s men have been impressive at home ground in the 2017/2018 season and they are widely expected to pick up all three points from their second group game. A man to watch in the home team will be Dries Mertens, who has been scoring goals for fun in the Italian top flight this term. Feyenoord experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to Manchester City and seeing that Giovani van Bronchorst’s men often struggle on the travels, we predict that the Neapolitans will emerge triumphant in Tuesday’s clash.
Highlighted Player (Vlad Chiriches):
Vlad Iulian Chriches had an unusual path to the biggest stage, spending some time at the Benfica youth academy before returning to Romania to start his professional career at International. The central defender arrived to Steaua Bucuresti via Pandurii Targu Jiu and he needed just a year and a half to secure a big club move. After snubbing a number of offers from Italian Serie A, Chiriches joined Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013, becoming Steaua’s record transfer in the process. However, the Romania international did not enjoy the best of starts to his career in England and he was sold to Napoli after two somewhat disappointing seasons at White Hart Lane. Chiriches has struggled for playing time at Stadio San Paolo as well, and he will probably need to play on regular basis if he is to realise his full potential. Meanwhile, the powerful defender remains an important member of the Romania national team, having earned more than 40 caps for the Tricolorii since making his debut in 2011.
Highlighted Team (Feyenoord):
Back in 1908 football club Wilhemina was founded in the pub De Vereeniging and they played their home games in blue-sleeved red shirts and white shorts. The club’s name was changed to Hillesluise in 1909 and soon they became RVV Celeritas. Finally, in 1912 the club got a name SC Feijenoord. Feyenoord won their first Eredivisie trophy in 1924 and 75 years later they clinched their 14th domestic trophy, finishing the season 15 points clear of second-placed Willem II. De Trots van Zuid play their home games at De Kuip and the capacity of the venue is 51 117. The club’s fiercest rivals are Ajax and the two teams face each other in der Klassieker. The likes of Craig Bellamy, Gerrard Fox, Wouter Bos and Raemon Sluiter are notable supporters of the club. It is well known that football legends Johan Cruyff, Ruud Gullit and Peter Houtman all played for Feyenoord in the past. De Trots van Zuid play their home games in red-white shirts and black shorts.