Europa League: Napoli Have Tough Test in Sweden vs. AIK Solna
After a disappointing weekend at Stadio San Paolo against Milan, Napoli face a tough challenge against Sweden's Allsvenskan club, AIK Solna.
This will be one of the Partenopei's last opportunities to take charge of their Europa League fate. After Thursday's match in Sweden, the only remaining opportunity to advance themselves beyond the group stage is on Dec. 6 at home against PSV Eindhoven. The same PSV Eindhoven who handled Napoli in their first meeting in early October, 3-0.
AIK are tied with PSV and both sit right behind Napoli in their group's table with four points in four games. Napoli have six points in as many appearances.
Goran Pandev is still suffering from injury and won't be available.
Napoli have found their production throughout the group stage through two main conduits: one expected and one completely shocking. Edinson Cavani has five goals in three appearances and 22-year-old Chilean striker Eduardo Vargas has three goals in four appearances.
Vargas's three goals all came in Napoli's first Europa League game against AIK at San Paolo, and since then he's played in every Europa League game.
Can you blame manager Walter Mazzarri?
AIK have four goals in Europa League play so far but have allowed eight. While the first meeting between these two sides resulted in a 4-0 blow out, three of those goals belonging to the aforementioned Vargas, home field advantage is always a huge factor in these sorts of games.
Following Thursday's action, Napoli will turn their attention back to domestic play as they travel to face Cagliari on Monday.
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