Bologna - Napoli Preview: Mazzarri’s men look to continue Champions League charge
The southern Italians are level on points with Udinese in the race for third place and desperately need a victory when they visit the Stadio Renato Dell'Ara on Sunday
Raggi, Antonsson, Cherubin
Garics, Mudingayi, Taider, Morleo
Cannavaro, Aronica, Britos
Maggio, Gargano, Inler, Hamsik, Zuniga
Bologna boss Stefano Pioli will have to reshuffle his starting line-up due to injuries and suspensions. Federico Agliardi will once again deputise for the injured Jean-Francois Gillet between the sticks while Alessandro Diamanti will replace the suspended Henry Gimenez.
Archimede Morleo will stand in for the banned Panagiotis Kone while Diego Perez is nursing an ankle injury and will need to pass a late fitness test to feature on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri has the luxury of choosing from basically a fully-fit squad as Hugo Campagnaro is the only injury absence.
Miguel Britos will likely be handed a start at full-back as Federico Fernandez is suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards after his booking against Palermo on Tuesday.
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- Bologna are currently on a six-game unbeaten streak and have kept three clean sheets during that span.
- The Rossoblu have won their last two encounters at the Renato Dall'Ara.
- Pioli's men have the same number of victories, draws and losses (12) through 36 Serie A matches.
- Napoli are unbeaten in their last four games (W3 D1) and have outscored their opponents 8-2 in the process.
- The Partenopei have conceded 10 goals in their last five matches away from the Stadio San Paolo.
- Mazzarri's men have won nine games by a two-goal margin this season.
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Top 3 Predictions
Bologna 0-2 SSC Napoli
- 16.59 %
Bologna 0-3 SSC Napoli
- 14.85 %
Bologna 1-2 SSC Napoli
- 14.41 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Aug 25, 2013||SSC Napoli 3 - Bologna 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||May 8, 2013||Bologna 0 - SSC Napoli 3|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||Dec 19, 2012||SSC Napoli 1 - Bologna 2|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Dec 16, 2012||SSC Napoli 2 - Bologna 3|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||May 6, 2012||Bologna 2 - SSC Napoli 0|
|Dec 15, 2013||Fiorentina 3 - Bologna 0||ITA1|
|Dec 6, 2013||Bologna 0 - Juventus 2||ITA1|
|Dec 3, 2013||Bologna 1 - Siena 2||ITAC|
|Nov 30, 2013||Parma 1 - Bologna 1||ITA1|
|Nov 24, 2013||Bologna 1 - FC Internazionale 1||ITA1|
|9||Marco Di Vaio||Striker|
|26||Morgan De Sanctis||Goalkeeper|
|5||Miguel Angel Britos||Defender|
Both teams are in the midst of unbeaten runs but with Bologna already safe from relegation and Napoli desperately needing a win in the battle for third place all signs point to a Partenopei victory.
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