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  • March 1, 2013
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: D. Orsato
  • • Attendance: 60000
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Serie A Preview: Napoli-Juventus

Walter Mazzarri's side has struggled in recent weeks and knows another slip-up against the league leader 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 has a minor injury concern ahead of its 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 deputize for the 31-year-old. The Partenopei have been struggling in recent weeks, and Giandonmenico Mesto and Pablo Armero may be left out of the lineup for Christian Maggio and Juan Zuniga as manager Walter Mazzarri looks for a winning combination.

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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Napoli has failed to win any of its last five matches in all competitions, and have drawn its 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 that stretches back to October 2000.
  • Edinson Cavani (pictured, right) who is Serie A's leading scorer with 18 goals, has failed to score in his last 500 minutes of play.
  • Juventus can stretch its 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, which came way back in 1974-75 season.
  • Juve is undefeated in its 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
85Valon BehramiMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
19Goran PandevStriker
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
-Gianluca GravaDefender
35RolandoDefender
27Pablo ArmeroDefender
5Alessandro GamberiniDefender
30Marco DonadelMidfielder
7Omar El KaddouriMidfielder
16Giandomenico MestoMidfielder
20Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
16Emanuele 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

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