Napoli - Catania Preview: Mazzarri's men look to continue Champions League charge
The Partenopei have their sights set on third spot in the Serie A standings as they prepare to host the Sicilians at the Stadio San Paolo in a difficult fixture on Sunday
Fernandez, Cannavaro, Aronica
Maggio, Dzemaili, Inler, Dossena
Bellusci, Legrottaglie, Spolli, Marchese
Izco, Lodi, Almiron,
Gomez, Bergessio, Barrientos
Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri is set to give Hugo Campagnaro a breather at the weekend, with Federico Fernandez his likely replacement. Gianluca Grava is available for selection after recovering from a hamstring injury, but will almost certainly start proceedings from the bench.
Christian Maggio returned from the thigh injury he sustained against Chelsea on March 14 to play a part in the Partenopei's midweek win over Siena in the Coppa Italia and should receive the nod once again on Sunday.
Catania boss Vincenzo Montella must have breathed a sigh of relief when Sergio Almiron trained with the squad on Friday. Barring an unexpected setback, the Argentine will start in midfield at the San Paolo.
Giuseppe Bellusci should replace the injured Marco Motta at right-back for the visitors as they look to spring a surprise over Napoli.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Napoli are currently riding an eight-game unbeaten streak in Serie A, keeping five clean sheets during that span.
- Mazzarri's men have scored 14 goals in their last five league encounters.
- The Partenopei advanced to the final of the Coppa Italia by beating Siena 3-2 on aggregate.
- Catania have not conceded a goal in their last three matches.
- Montella's side are undefeated in their last six contests (W4 D2).
- The Sicilians have won seven games by a one-goal margin so far this season.
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Top 3 Predictions
Napoli 3-1 Catania
- 25 %
Napoli 2-0 Catania
- 16.88 %
Napoli 2-1 Catania
- 8.75 %
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||Nov 3, 2013||Napoli 2 - Catania 1|
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||Feb 3, 2013||Napoli 2 - Catania 0|
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||Sep 23, 2012||Catania 0 - Napoli 0|
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||Mar 25, 2012||Napoli 2 - Catania 2|
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||Oct 30, 2011||Catania 2 - Napoli 1|
|Dec 12, 2013||Napoli 2 - Arsenal FC 0||UCL|
|Dec 8, 2013||Napoli 3 - Udinese 3||SR-A|
|Dec 3, 2013||Lazio 2 - Napoli 4||SR-A|
|Nov 27, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Napoli 1||UCL|
|Nov 24, 2013||Napoli 0 - Parma 1||SR-A|
|26||Morgan De Sanctis||Goalkeeper|
|13||Mariano Julio Izco||Midfielder|
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