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  • 1 March 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: D. Orsato
  • • Attendance: 60000
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Napoli-Juventus Preview: Last chance saloon for Partenopei

Napoli-Juventus Preview: Last chance saloon for Partenopei

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Walter Mazzarri's side have struggled in recent weeks and know another slip-up against the league leaders on Friday would strengthen the Bianconeri's grip on the Scudetto

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NAPOLI

De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Britos
Mesto, Behrami, Inler, Armero
Hamsik
Cavani, Insigne
JUVENTUS

Buffon
Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
L'steiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah
Vucinic, Giovinco

Napoli only have a minor injury concern ahead of their must-win clash against Juventus on Friday at the Stadio San Paolo.

Alessandro Gamberini will be assessed before the game which means Miguel Britos may deputise for the 31-year-old.

The Partenopei have been struggling in recent weeks and Giandonmenico Mesto and Pablo Armero may be sacrificed for Christian Maggio and Juan Zuniga.

Meanwhile, Antonio Conte can field a full-strength side with Giorgio Chiellini returning to the fray after being out since December.

Paolo De Ceglie, Nicklas Bendtner and Simone Pepe are all unavailable, while Nicolas Anelka and Martin Caceres did not train on Wednesday because of back pain.

There are no suspensions for either side to contend with.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Napoli have failed to win any of their last five matches in all competitions, and have drawn their last three consecutive encounters in Serie A.
  • The Partenopei have not lost to Juventus at the Stadio San Paolo in the league for six games. A run which stretches back to October 2000.
  • Edinson Cavani (pictured, right) who is Serie A's leading marksman, has failed to score in his last 500 minutes of football.
  • Juventus can stretch their lead at the top of Serie A to nine points with a win on Friday, with only 11 games left to play.
  • The Bianconeri's biggest away win against Napoli is 6-2, way back in 1974-75 season.
  • The Old Lady are undefeated in their last four league games against the Naples club.

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Available Squads
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
-Paolo CannavaroDefender
11Christian MaggioMidfielder
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
11Valon BehramiMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
27Goran PandevStriker
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
14RolandoDefender
-Gianluca GravaDefender
27Pablo ArmeroDefender
5Alessandro GamberiniDefender
-Marco DonadelMidfielder
7Omar El KaddouriMidfielder
16Giandomenico MestoMidfielder
23Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
9Emanuele CalaiòStriker
24Lorenzo InsigneStriker
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
-Federico PelusoDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
34RubinhoGoalkeeper
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
33Mauricio IslaDefender
39Luca MarroneMidfielder
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
Players to Watch
Marek Hamsik
Marek Hamsik
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
With Cavani out-of-sorts at the minute, the onus is on Napoli to find goals from other areas of the pitch and the Slovakian might just be the man to solve their striking woes. He seems to have a habit of scoring against the Bianconeri - with six goals in 17 appearances against the Serie A holders. Technically gifted and blessed with a natural athleticism, the 25-year-old will have to be kept quiet on Friday if Juventus want to come away with a result from Naples.
Sebastian Giovinco
Sebastian Giovinco
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
He has been written off by many of the Bianconeri faithful and was roundly jeered by the home support in their 3-0 victory over Siena, despite scoring in the eventually comfortable victory. There is no doubt there is a question mark over the future of the diminutive forward, but he could silence the critics on Friday with a standout performance which he is more than capable of delivering.
Prediction
This really is a win or bust game for Napoli if they harbour ambitions of lifting their first Scudetto since the late 1980s, but the signs are not good. Cavani is struggling to find the back of the net and nobody has stepped up to fill the void his barren spell has left.  Juve, meanwhile, continue to produce results without excelling and would perhaps be quite pleased to come away with anything other than a defeat, and they might just sneak this one.
Editor's Prediction
Napoli 1

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