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