WATCH LIVE : Napoli VS Real Madrid (Champions League)
The home team will be without the services of Juan Jesus, Amir Rrahmani, and Pierluigi Gollini for this fixture against Real Madrid. Victor Osimhen and Matteo Politano will return to the playing XI after having started on the bench in their last outing.
Rudi Garcia is expected to go ahead with the 4-3-3 formation, where Alex Meret will be in goal. Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Mathias Olivera will be the full-backs. The duo will look to join the attackers at every possible opportunity. Meanwhile, in the heart of the defence, Leo Ostigard will pair up with Natan.
Stanislav Lobotka will be the holding midfielder and he will have the support of Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Piotr Zielinski on either side. The trio will look to control the tempo of this game and not allow the Real Madrid midfielders to dominate proceedings.
Matteo Politano will feature on the right flank while Khvicha Kvaratskhelia will take charge on the left. Victor Osimhen, who has been the talk of town of late because of a controversial post by the club on their TikTok account, will be leading the lines.
He will be looking to put things behind him and produce a great performance against the Spanish giants.
Napoli Lineup (4-3-3):
Meret; Di Lorenzo, Ostigard, Natan, Olivera; Anguissa, Lobotka, Zielinski; Politano, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia.
Carlo Ancelotti will be without the services of Eder Militao, Thibaut Courtois, David Alaba, and Arda Guler for this fixture. The Real Madrid manager has a lot to think about when it comes to the playing XI.
While he has to make a few tough decisions, Ancelotti is expected to go ahead with the 4-4-2 formation, where Kepa Arrizabalaga will continue in goal.
Dani Carvajal will continue at the right-back, while Fran Garcia will return to the starting XI and take charge at left-back. Meanwhile, Nacho will pair up with Rudiger in the heart of the defence.
Luka Modric and Toni Kroos could once again find themselves on the bench. Eduardo Camavinga who featured as a left-back in their last outing will return to the centre of the park and pair up with Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde.
Jude Bellingham will once again feature as the attacking midfielder just behind the Brazilian duo of Vinicius and Rodrygo. Vinicius and Rodrygo Goes will look to drift wide and create space for Bellingham to get into the box.
Real Madrid Lineup (4-4-2):
Kepa; Carvajal, Rüdiger, Nacho, Camavinga; Kroos, Tchouameni, Fede Valverde; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius.
This is the first time since 2017 that Napoli and Real Madrid are squaring up against each other. Both teams have faced each other on four occasions back in the day and Los Blancos have won three of those outings.
Napoli has never defeated Real Madrid in an official fixture. The home team are unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions.