Our football match prediction:
Given the political situation in Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk will welcome Napoli at Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist in Kharkiv. The Ukrainian side look unstoppable in the national championship at the moment, but they will have a mountain to climb in Wednesday’s football match against Napoli. The Miners return to the Champions League and they are eager to give fans some cheer, but beating the star-studded Neapolitans is easier said than done. Maurizio Sarri’s men failed to put an end to Juventus’ dominance in the Serie A last term, but they are definitely capable of playing an important role in the elite competition this term. Napoli are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Shakhtar Donetsk and seeing that Ukranian champions are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that both teams are going to find the net in Wednesday’s clash in Kharkiv.
Highlighted Player (Taras Stepanenko):
Taras Stepanenko is a defensive midfielder who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League. Stepanenko was born on 8 August, 1989 and he played for the likes of Torpedo-Kosmos, Arsenal Kharkiv, Torpedo Zaporizhia and Kosmos Zaporizhia during his youth career. After making 16 appearances (scoring 1 goal) for Metalurh Zaporizhia, he made his senior debut on 4 March, 2007 at the age of 17. Stepanenko played 81 league games for the club between 2007 and 2010 and then he made probably the best decision of his career, joining big-spending club Shakhtar Donetsk. He signed a five-year contract with the Miners on 11 May, 2010 and he has been playing for the Ukrainian giants ever since. Stepanenko made his 33rd appearance for the Ukrainian national team at the 2016 European Championship finals in France. The Shakhtar Donetsk footballer made his Ukraine debut on 17 November, 2010 in a 2-2 draw with Switzerland. He is capable of playing as both defensive and a central midfielder.
Highlighted Team (Napoli):
Napoli SSC is an Italian football club from the city of Naples which is playing currently in the Serie A. The club was founded officialy in1926 but the history from Napoli reaches back to 1904 with the club Naples Foot-Ball & Cricket Club that fused with Internazionale Napoli and was calledFBC Internaples. After 4 seasons the club changed it’s name to SSC Napoli (Societa Sportiva Calcio).In the end of the eighties Napoli had the biggest success in the club history with the Argentinian legend Diego Maradona. Diego Maradona was able to win the league title twice, the national cup and the UEFA cup. The moment Maradona left the club Napoli got into big financial trouble.In 2004 the local club was bank rupt. Despite the help of financial investors the club got regulated to the Serie C. After 6 years of playing in lower divisions Napoli managed to get back in the Serie A in season 2007/2008.Famous players that played for the club from Naples are: Maradona, Zola, Cavani, Blanc, Di Canio, Cannavaro.