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Vik Plzen v Napoli preview

Viktoria Plzen striker Marek Bakos believes his side have the mental strength to hold on to their three-goal lead when they host Napoli in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday.

Plzen claimed a shock 3-0 first-leg win at the Stadio San Paulo thanks to goals from Vladimir Darida, Frantisek Rajtoral and Stanislav Tecl to set up the return leg on their home turf (kick-off 8.05pm GMT).

If Napoli do overcome the three-goal deficit, they will become the first side to do so at this stage of the competition - a feat that is compounded in its difficulty by the fact Plzen are unbeaten in their last five European games.

Bakos is confident about his side's chances but is refusing to take anything for granted ahead of the match, after the Czech side's debut in the final 32 of the competition last season saw them exit the tournament after a 4-2 extra-time defeat by Schalke.

"On the pitch psyche works, of course, so it may be that an unlucky moment will happen, but we have to deal with it," Bakos told the club's official website.

"I believe that our team can handle these moments."

Bakos also revealed he is excited to play the second leg in front of a stadium full of home fans after last week's trip to Italy was not quite what he expected.

"I was looking forward to a full stadium. The real Italian atmosphere. But instead I was surprised at how few people came," Bakos said.

"This will certainly be different (at home). It is fantastic. Every match at home is a small feast of football for me."

Plzen defender Marian Cisovska has, however, warned about the threat Napoli still pose.

He said: "We must simply not underestimate the quality of Naples. Their players are top quality and we must be consistent in the small things."

Napoli are currently second in Serie A behind leaders Juventus, and last week's surprise defeat to a team classed as one of the Europa League's dark horses was a huge blow to coach Walter Mazzarri.

The Naples-based side are winless in their last three games and drew 0-0 against Sampdoria on Sunday and Mazzarri could choose to rest certain players as he looks to get his Serie A title hopes back on track against Udinese this weekend.

Striker Edison Cavani and midfielder Gokhan Inler could both sit the game out while Alessandro Gamberini, Rolando and Miguel Britos look set to continue in defence.