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  • November 21, 2010
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: A. Gervasoni
  • • Attendance: 39626
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Serie A Preview: Napoli - Bologna

Serie A Preview: Napoli - Bologna

The Neapolitans will aspire to bounce back from last weekend's defeat...

Returning To Winning Ways

Napoli had embarked on a three-match winning run in Serie A but were brought down to earth by a resurgent Lazio side at the Stadio Olimpico last weekend. Although the 2-0 defeat maintained Walter Mazzarri’s side’s third place in the table, it pushed them to five points off the pace.

At the moment Napoli have 21 points from 12 matches and are a point ahead of Italian and European champions Inter as well as that of Juventus. The Azzurri’s aspirations have always been to finish in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League and they are well on their way to realising those lofty dreams.

Napoli’s home form this season, though, has been unconvincing as the former Italian champions have won twice and lost twice, implying that Bologna should have a go at the Stadio San Paolo.

Confident & Emboldened

Bologna are one of the several clubs expected to struggle for survival in the Italian top flight this season but the Felsinei are giving it a massive fight from the early stages of the campaign.

Last weekend Alberto Malesani’s side edged past Brescia 1-0 at home to climb up to 15th in the Serie A table with 14 points from 12 matches. However, Bologna are just three points above the dropzone and cannot afford to rest much.

Moreover, Bologna’s away form in the league is abysmal as they have yet to win in six games on the road. They also have the second worst defensive away record in the division, having conceded a whooping 13 goals. A win is Naples will be far from easy and perhaps a miracle would have to be conjured up.

TEAM NEWS

Napoli

Aronica, Yebda and Lucarelli are injured and will miss the match. Mazzarri is likely to deploy Hamsik and Cavani as the two creative players behind lone-striker Lavezzi.

Bologna

Perez is injured and will miss the trip to Naples and so will Mudingayi, who is suspended. Di Vaio will be deployed as the lone targetman up front in a 4-3-1-2 system.


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Players to watch

E. Lavezzi

Position: Attacker

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Lavezzi will be a key player for Bologna as the Argentine striker is in great form. Lavezzi can go missing in games but he is sensational when he is in the mood. His pace, runs with the ball and piercing passes will be important against Bologna.

M. Di Vaio

Position: Attacker

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Di Vaio is Bologna’s best bet of a win in Naples and the veteran Italian striker will aim to justify his talisman tag for his side. Napoli’s backline has shown cracks and the cunning and opportunistic Di Vaio knows all the tricks how to increase cracks on an already cracked wall.

Editor's Prediction

Bologna will make it tough for Napoli in Naples but the Partenopei will eventually win and continue their match towards a top four finish.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Napoli

Bologna

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

SSC Napoli NAP
SSC Napoli Napoli
Draw
Bologna FC 1909 BOL
Bologna FC 1909 Bologna
81%

Top 3 Predictions

SSC Napoli NAP
2 - 0
Bologna FC 1909 BOL
SSC Napoli NAP
3 - 1
Bologna FC 1909 BOL
SSC Napoli NAP
2 - 1
Bologna FC 1909 BOL

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