Italian side, Napoli won’t be getting any easy ride on their attempt to get back into UEFA Champions League group stage battle this season as Rafael Benitez’s boys must first face Spanish outfit, Athletic Bilbao.
Partenopei can consider themselves rather unlucky as Bilbao can be considered as the worse possible opposition for the Italian side since Ernesto Valverde’s men have the ability in troubling any top teams.
Benitez will be expecting that his players can get their fitness back on track immediately, especially some of their World Cup participants since battling against Bilbao will surely give plenty problems for them.
Napoli will be slightly favorite considering their stature, but should they take things lightly Bilbao could totally end Partenopei’s Champions League dream earlier than expected.
Other schedules for Champions League playoff are:
Napoli v Athletic Bilbao
Besiktas v Arsenal
Standard Liege v Zenit St Petersburg
Copenhagen v Bayer Leverkusen
Lille v Porto
NK Maribor v Celtic
Salzburg v Malmo FF
Aalborg v Apoel
Steaua Bucuresti v Ludogorets
Slovan Bratislava v BATE Borisov