The new coach faces a difficult challenge in only his third match in charge of the club against the Partenopei, who have won their last six consecutive matches, scoring 17 goals
Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Essien, Lampard
Mata, Torres, Sturridge
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica
Maggio, Gargano, Inler, Zuniga
Roberto Di Matteo has yet to settle on a first-choice XI after his first two matches in charge and has spoken of the use of squad rotation.
Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Daniel Sturridge and Michael Essien did not start against Stoke City last Saturday and could rotate into the starting line-up. John Terry and Ashley Cole recently returned from injury while Bosingwa is out with a hamstring problem. Raul Meireles is suspended.
Napoli have fielded a settled team throughout this season’s Champions League campaign, with a back three of Hugo Campagnaro, Paolo Cannavaro and Salvatore Aronica behind a central midfield duo of Gokhan Inler and Walter Gargano.
Juan Camilo Zuniga may start ahead of Andrea Dossena at left wing-back, while Christian Maggio is likely to feature on the right. Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi will start alongside Edinson Cavani in attack.
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- Roberto Di Matteo takes charge of just his third match as Chelsea manager after Andre Villas-Boas' dismissal.
- The Italian won his first two matches in charge with 2-0 victory against Birmingham in the FA Cup and a 1-0 win over Stoke last weekend.
- Chelsea are in the last 16 for the ninth season in succession but have won just three of their seven Champions League matches this season, despite taking the lead in all seven games.
- The Blues have drawn Italian opposition in two of the last three seasons at this stage, beating Juventus 3-2 on aggregate in 2008-09 but losing 3-1 on aggregate to Inter in 2009-10, who were then coached by former boss Jose Mourinho.
- The Blues took the lead against Napoli in the first leg of the tie at the San Paolo through Juan Mata but were beaten 3-1 after two goals from Ezequiel Lavezzi and one from Edinson Cavani sealed a comeback victory.
- Napoli went through their Champions League group stage group along with Bayern Munich ahead of Manchester City who they defeated 2-1 at home and drew with 1-1 away.
- The club previously won the Uefa Cup in 1989, inspired by Argentine legend Diego Maradona.
- The Partenopei are in good form, winning their last six matches in all competitions and scoring 17 goals in the process, including a 6-3 win over Cagliari at the weekend. Ezequiel Lavezzi is 15/2 with William Hill to score the first goal in this game.
- The side have cultivated a fearsome reputation for counterattacking football, and top scorer Cavani has registered six goals in his last seven games for club and country, with 16 in Serie A and 5 in the Champions League so far this season.
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