Matchday four of the Champions League group stage signifies a step up in hostilities in Europe’s top competition. The initial jostling is over and the cut-throat nature of the competition begins to surface.
Arguably this is nowhere more evident than in Group C, where Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool are all vying for two qualification spots.
Just two points separate the leading three clubs, and the pressure will be on both the Italians and the French when they meet at the San Paolo on Wednesday.
After playing out a thrilling 2-2 draw a fortnight ago, both have to go all out for the win in the return game to increase their chances of making the last 16.
|Game||Napoli vs Paris Saint-Germain|
|Date||Tuesday, November 6|
|Time||8:00pm BST / 3pm EST|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 3 and livestreamed on BT Sport Live.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 3||BT Sport Live|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Meret, Ospina, Karnezis|
|Defenders||Rui, Luperto, Maksimovic, Hysaj, Chiriches, Albiol|
|Midfielders||Allan, Callejon, Ruiz, Ounas, Hamsik, Zielinski, Insigne, Koulibaly, Diawara|
|Forwards||Malcuit, Verdi, Mertens, Rog, Milik|
Napoli are without the injured pair of Vlad Chiriches and Amin Younes, but otherwise have a full squad of players to work with.
The in-form Dries Mertens will start alongside Lorenzo Insigne in attack.
Napoli XI: Ospina; Maksimovic, Albiol, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Callejon, Allan, Hamsik, Ruiz; Mertens, Insigne.
|Goalkeepers||Buffon, Areola, Cibois|
|Defenders||Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Kehrer, Bernat, Kimpembe, Nsoki, Meunier|
|Midfielders||Verratti, Draxler, Di Maria, Diarra, Nkunku, Rabiot|
|Forwards||Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar, Choupo-Moting, Diaby|
Paris Saint-Germain are still without full-backs Layvin Kurzawa and Dani Alves, both of whom have been missing for many weeks now.
Julian Draxler gets the nod ahead of Adrien Rabiot in the centre of the park, while Edinson Cavani only makes the bench against his former side after missing the previous two matches with injury.
Gianluigi Buffon will make his return to the Champions League arena after serving a three-match ban for a red card against Real Madrid while playing with Juventus last season.
PSG starting XI: Buffon; Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Kehrer; Meunier, Verratti, Draxler, Bernat; Neymar, Mbappe, Di Maria.
Betting & Match Odds
PSG are 11/10 favourites to take the victory, according to bet 365 , while a draw is available at 27/10. Napoli, meanwhile, are priced at 19/10.
Having had things all their own way in Ligue 1 this season, winning all 12 games to set a new European record for victories at the start of the campaign , Paris Saint-Germain must prove in this encounter that they are more than just flat-track bullies and genuine Champions League contenders.
So far in the competition, they have barely looked like a team capable of winning it. Red Star Belgrade might have been blown away 6-1 at Parc des Princes , but PSG were well beaten by Liverpool at Anfield on the opening night of action and required a last-gasp Angel Di Maria equaliser to secure a share of the spoils between these sides last time out.
Buffon, whose career goal is to win the Champions League, well appreciates the challenge facing his side.
“It's not a normal match. We know it would be very important to win and something big,” he said. “But it's also important not to lose on Tuesday. We'll also have the opportunity to win against Liverpool and Red Star.
“I know this stadium very well. I think it's very difficult to win here because the atmosphere is white hot, a tough atmosphere. The team and the supporters share a great feeling. It's very important to go out to try and win the game, but it'll be tough. Napoli, as they showed in the first game, is a team to respect.”
Indeed, Carlo Ancelotti’s men have already unseated last season’s finalists Liverpool 1-0 at home and can feel aggrieved that they do not already have one foot in the last 16 having come so close against PSG last time out.
They lie third in Serie A, having scored 24 times in 11 matches, including five at the weekend against Empoli, so confidence will be high in their ranks that they can take a huge step towards the knockout rounds.