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Coppa Italia

  • 9 February 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena, Siena
  • Referee: A. De Marco
  • • Attendance: 4616
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Coppa Italia Preview: Siena - Napoli

Coppa Italia Preview: Siena - Napoli

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Giuseppe Sannino's troops host the Azzurri on Thursday night, with the visitors desperate to return to form following just one victory in their last six encounters


PROBABLE LINEUPS
SIENA

Pegolo
Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso
Angelo, Vergassola, Gazzi, Brienza
Calaio, Destro


NAPOLI


De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica
Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Zuniga
Hamsik, Pandev
Cavani


Siena will face Napoli without first choice goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic as the Serbia international faces another week on the sidelines following groin surgery. Francesco Bolzoni is also likely to miss out, with the former Inter youth also suffering a groin problem.

Walter Mazzarri has no real injury concerns going into Thursday's clash, however the former Sampdoria coach is expected to name a few changes to the side that drew with AC Milan last Sunday, with Goran Pandev likely to take Ezequiel Lavezzi's place in attack and Andrea Dossena and Gokhan Inler expected to replace Juan Zuniga and Blerim Dzemaili in the midfield.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Siena have only lost one of their last four meetings with the visitors.
  • This season is the first time the Bianconeri have made it to the semi-finals of the competition.
  • The hosts have only won one of their last six home games.
  • Napoli have failed to win in five of their last six encounters.
  • The Azzurri are averaging two goals a game in the Coppa Italia this season.
  • The last two times that these sides met the game has ended in a draw.

Players to watch

E. Calaiò

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The former Napoli forward has been one of the standout performers for the Bianconeri this season, and is leading the scoring charts for his side with eight goals in all competitions. The striker is set to lead the line against his old club on Sunday, and will be a good bet to add to his tally against the Azzurri.

E. Cavani

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Uruguay international has been in fine form for the visitors this season, and is currently the club's top scorer with 16 goals in all competitions. The former Palermo striker netted the Azzurri's equaliser in Monday's draw with Bologna, and will be hoping to go one better by firing his side to victory on Sunday.

Editor's Prediction

After dropping two points in Monday's clash with Bologna, the Azzurri will be desperate to return to winning ways, and with the quality at Walter Mazzarri's disposal, expect a comfortable victory for the visitors.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Siena

Napoli

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AC Siena SIE
AC Siena Siena
Draw
SSC Napoli NAP
SSC Napoli Napoli
18%
15%
67%

Top 3 Predictions

AC Siena SIE
0 - 2
SSC Napoli NAP
AC Siena SIE
1 - 2
SSC Napoli NAP
AC Siena SIE
1 - 1
SSC Napoli NAP

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