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Monday, September 21, 2015
Legia Warszawa have won their three UEFA Europa League home games this season but can expect a major Group D test from Maurizio Sarri's buoyant Napoli.
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Legia Warszawa have won all of their UEFA Europa League home games this season but have a tough task on their hands if they are to keep that run going against SSC Napoli in Group D.
• The sides are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition.
• Legia's 14 games against Italian teams have ended W2 D5 L7 (W2 D3 L2 in Warsaw – W0 D2 L5 in Italy).
• They have not won in the most recent seven of those matches (D3 L4) since a 1-0 success against UC Sampdoria in March 1991.
• Napoli's only encounter with a Polish club was a 2-0 aggregate victory against WKS Śląsk Wrocław in the 1976/77 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals.
• Legia have won all three of their European home games this season by a one-goal margin. They have been victorious in eight of their last nine continental home fixtures – a 3-0 loss to AFC Ajax spoiling a 100% run.
• Semi-finalists last term, Napoli started their Group D campaign by defeating Club Brugge KV 5-0 – their joint biggest European win.
• Legia have made it to the round of 32 in two of their three UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns.
• Napoli made it through to the knockout stage in all three of their previous UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns.
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• The journey from Naples to Warsaw is around 1,350km.
• This is Legia's 100th UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League game: the previous 99 ended W45 D20 L34.
• Legia's Ondrej Duda and Dušan Kuciak play for Slovakia alongside Napoli's Marek Hamšík.
• Legia's Swiss forward Aleksandar Prijovic started his professional career in Italy with Parma FC (2006–08).
• Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina has made 143 UEFA club competition outings – more than any other player in this season's tournament. He is tenth, alongside Edwin van der Sar and Andriy Shevchenko, on the all-time club appearance leaderboard. One more game and he will join Roberto Carlos in ninth place.
• Henning Berg won a league title and a Polish Cup in his first two seasons in Poland. A defender, he lifted English titles with Blackburn Rovers FC and Manchester United FC. He returned to his native Norway to start his coaching career with Lyn Fotball and then Lillestrøm SK.
• Naples-born Maurizio Sarri replaced Rafael Benítez when the Spaniard left Napoli for Real Madrid CF at the end of last season. Having spent much of his career in the lower leagues, he led Empoli FC into Serie A in 2013/14 and kept them up comfortably last term.