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  • January 16, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: C. Brighi
  • • Attendance: 48000
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Serie A Preview: Napoli - Bologna

Serie A Preview: Napoli - Bologna

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The hosts come into the match on the back of a three-game winning run, but will now prepare to face a Rossoblu outfit who have held their own against the big boys to date


PROBABLE LINEUPS
NAPOLI


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

BOLOGNA



Gillet
Raggi, Antonsson, Cherubin
Pulzetti, Perez, Mudingayi, Morleo
Ramirez
Acquafresca, Di Vaio


The only pressing injury concern for Napoli will be that of Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, whose muscle strain could potentially keep him out for five more games, having already missed the Partenopei's last three.

Elsewhere, coach Walter Mazzarri is set to ring the changes from the 2-1 win over Cesena in the Coppa Italia midweek, as Morgan De Sanctis, Hugo Campagnaro, Salvatore Aronica, Christian Maggio, Walter Gargano and Goran Pandev are set to replace the sextet of Antonio Rosati, Federico Fernandez, Miguel Britos, Juan Zuniga, Blerim Dzemaili and Eduardo Vargas.

For the visitors, Bologna, Stefano Pioli is expected to make two alterations from the XI that successfully beat Catania 2-0 last weekend to halt a run of three games without a win, as Gianluca Cherubin and Gaston Ramirez should replace injured duo Simone Loria and Alessandro Diamanti.

However, Panagiotis Kone remains sidelined, while Daniele Portanova must see out one more match of his suspension, accrued during his side's 2-0 loss to Roma on December 21.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bologna's win over Catania ended a run of three winless games.
  • Despite not winning any of their last three away matches, the Rossoblu have have scored at least once in each of their last five fixtures on the road.
  • Bologna have won just one of their last 14 games at the San Paolo in Serie A - a 5-1 win in October 2000.
  • Napoli have lost only one of their last six meetings with Bologna, triumphing in four of them.
  • The Partenopei have netted in each of their last seven league games.
  • They have lost just once in their last eight Serie A fixtures - a 3-1 reverse to Roma on home soil.
  • Slovakian midfielder Marek Hamsik scored three goals over the two clashes with Bologna last season.
  • Edinson Cavani has found the net in his last two Serie A appearances; the first time he has scored in back-to-back league games since last April.

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Available Squads
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
-Salvatore AronicaDefender
3Andrea DossenaDefender
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
-Paolo CannavaroDefender
11Christian MaggioMidfielder
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
23Walter GarganoMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
27Goran PandevStriker
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
17Federico FernándezDefender
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
23Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
-Edu VargasStriker
-Cristiano LucarelliStriker
1Jean-François GilletGoalkeeper
3Archimede MorleoDefender
15Mikael AntonssonDefender
-Nicolò CherubinDefender
-Andrea RaggiDefender
-Saphir TaiderMidfielder
-Nico PulzettiMidfielder
15Diego PérezMidfielder
-Gaby MudingayiMidfielder
9Marco Di VaioStriker
12Robert AcquafrescaStriker
-Federico AgliardiGoalkeeper
8Gyorgy GaricsDefender
-Josè CrespoDefender
-Matteo RubinDefender
15Rene KrhinMidfielder
10G. RamírezMidfielder
-H. GiménezStriker
Players to Watch
Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Uruguayan hitman is currently on fire, having scored in two successive Serie A matches and showing once again the devastating form that he displayed over the course of last season. With Hamsik and Pandev ready to support him, he has the potential to cause the Rossoblu defence all sorts of problems with his goalscoring prowess.
G. Ramírez
G. Ramírez
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The left-footer has been out of form for Bologna of late, playing second fiddle to Alessandro Diamanti in recent weeks. However, with the ex-West Ham forward ruled out and his team in need of goals, the trip to San Paolo will be the perfect opportunity for Ramirez to showcase his undoubted talent once more and regain his form as a gifted attacking outlet.
Prediction
A comfortable win should be on the cards for the in-form home side, who will look to make it four on the bounce with a convincing performance on Monday. The absences of key defensive duo Loria and Portanova are sure to make life even more difficult for Bologna.
Editor's Prediction
Napoli 3

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