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  • March 9, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: C. Brighi
  • • Attendance: 45000
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Napoli - Cagliari Preview: Partenopei aiming for five consecutive league victories on Friday night

Napoli - Cagliari Preview: Partenopei aiming for five consecutive league victories on Friday night

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Walter Mazzarri's men host the visitors, with the Azzurri knowing victory would see them temporarily leapfrog Udinese to fifth in the table


PROBABLE LINEUPS


NAPOLI

De Sanctis

Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica
Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Dossena
Hamsik, Lavezzi
Cavani


CAGLIARI

Agazzi
Dessena, Ariaudo, Astori, Pisano
Ekdal, Conti, Nainggolan
Sammarco
Ibarbo, Ribeiro

The hosts will go into Friday's clash without the suspended Blerim Dzemaili, with compatriot Gokhan Inler expected to replace the former Torino man in the middle of the park, while Gianluca Grava and Miguel Britos both look set to miss out with physical problems.

However, Salvatore Aronica will return to the side after the former Reggina defender sat out last week's draw with Juventus through suspension.

The visitors will travel to Naples without the services of Mauricio Pinilla, with the Palermo owned forward,still nursing a thigh problem, while Moestafa El Kabir will also miss out with a muscle strain.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Napoli have won all of their last four Serie A encounters.
  • The hosts have only lost one of their last six league matches at San Paolo.
  • Only AC Milan and Juventus have lost less games than the Azzurri this term.
  • There have been three draws in the last five meetings between the two sides.
  • Cagliari have only won one of their last seven away games in Serie A.
  • The visitors have conceded five goals in their last two league games.

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Available Squads
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
-Salvatore AronicaDefender
3Andrea DossenaDefender
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
-Paolo CannavaroDefender
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
23Walter GarganoMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
27Goran PandevStriker
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
-Ignacio FideleffDefender
17Federico FernándezDefender
11Christian MaggioMidfielder
-Massimiliano AmmendolaMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
-Edu VargasStriker
-Michael AgazziGoalkeeper
-Davide AstoriDefender
14Francesco PisanoDefender
-Michele CaniniDefender
33Alessandro AgostiniDefender
23Radja NainggolanMidfielder
5Daniele ContiMidfielder
20Albin EkdalMidfielder
21Daniele DessenaMidfielder
-Joaquin LarriveyStriker
23Víctor IbarboStriker
35Vlada AvramovGoalkeeper
-Lorenzo AriaudoDefender
-Gabriele PericoDefender
13Simone GozziDefender
7Andrea CossuMidfielder
-NenêStriker
-Thiago RibeiroStriker
Players to Watch
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Argentina international has been inspiring for the hosts in recent weeks, netting five goals in his last four appearances in all competitions, and must maintain this run to ensure Napoli's patchy home form is improved.
Radja Nainggolan
Radja Nainggolan
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
3 1 0 0
The former Piacenza ace has been the standout performer for the Rossoblu this term, with the Belgium international's impressive displays earning him the attention of Juventus and most recently Manchester City, and with another top class performance against quality opposition, the race for his services will only intensify.
Prediction
The hosts' impressive form of late should see them to victory and send them into their Champions League clash with Chelsea with confidence.
Editor's Prediction
Napoli 2

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