Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain will be key for Napoli when they take on Dnipro in Ukraine for a place in the final of the Europa League Getty

Dnipro welcome Napoli for the second leg of the semi-final clash in the Europa League 2014/15 on Thursday evening.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 8.05pm BST. Live coverage will be available on ITV 4 and ITV 4 HD.


Dnipro were lucky and resilient in the first leg in Naples as they had just three shots compared to Napoli's 19, but still came away with a draw and an away goal to give them the advantage at home.

Myron Markevych has vowed to play better football at home and understands that the Serie A side will come out and attack to win. He has already revealed that his side are going to play on the counter attack.

Meanwhile, Napoli were dejected after the first-leg as despite 63% possession and 19 attempts, they were unable to penetrate the Ukrainians' defence and will be keen to set it right in the second leg.

Gonzalo Higuain was the main culprit in their draw after the Argentinean striker missed a spate of chances to put the tie to bed in the first leg.

In Rafael Benitez, the Serie A side have got one of the best managers, when it comes to winning European titles. He will be hoping that his team can repeat their first-leg performance and take their chances to take them into the final, where they will most likely be facing defending champions Sevilla, who have a 3-0 first-leg lead over Fiorentina.

What the managers say

Myron Markevych (Dnipro): "We weren't ourselves in Italy. Napoli's performance in the first leg was really great, I know this because I have watched lots of their games. They made us run without ball for the whole match. But I hope here it will be different because I know we can play a different kind of football than we saw in Naples. We'll try to counterattack with more quality this time."

Rafael Benitez (Napoli): "We have a very important match and we are focused on getting a positive result here. We have to show all we can on the football pitch. My personal European experience is important but first of all we must consider the experience of this team and these players."

Betting odds (888sport.com)

Dnipro win: 16/5

Napoli win: 5/2

Draw: 12/5

Team news


  • Injured: Mazuch (knee), Zozulya (knee), Kravchenko (unspecified)
  • Suspended: N/A
  • Doubtful: Shakhov (unspecified)

Probable line-up: Boyko; Fedetskiy, Douglas, Cheberyachko, Léo Matos; Kankava, Rotan, Fedorchuk, Matheus, Konoplyanka; Kalinić.


  • Injured: Michu (thigh), Zúñiga (knee)
  • Suspended: N/A
  • Doubtful: De Guzmán (thigh)

Probable line-up: Andújar; Maggio, Albiol, Britos, Ghoulam; Inler, López; Insigne/Mertens, Callejón, Hamšík; Higuaín.