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Serie A

  • March 25, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: A. Gervasoni
  • • Attendance: 44000

Napoli - Catania Preview: Mazzarri's men look to continue Champions League charge

Napoli - Catania Preview: Mazzarri's men look to continue Champions League charge

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The Partenopei have their sights set on third spot in the Serie A standings as they prepare to host the Sicilians at the Stadio San Paolo in a difficult fixture on Sunday



De Sanctis
Fernandez, Cannavaro, Aronica
Maggio, Dzemaili, Inler, Dossena
Lavezzi, Cavani

Bellusci, Legrottaglie, Spolli, Marchese
Izco, Lodi, Almiron, 
Gomez, Bergessio, Barrientos

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri is set to give Hugo Campagnaro a breather at the weekend, with Federico Fernandez his likely replacement. Gianluca Grava is available for selection after recovering from a hamstring injury, but will almost certainly start proceedings from the bench.

Christian Maggio returned from the thigh injury he sustained against Chelsea on March 14 to play a part in the Partenopei's midweek win over Siena in the Coppa Italia and should receive the nod once again on Sunday.

Catania boss Vincenzo Montella must have breathed a sigh of relief when Sergio Almiron trained with the squad on Friday. Barring an unexpected setback, the Argentine will start in midfield at the San Paolo. 

Giuseppe Bellusci should replace the injured Marco Motta at right-back for the visitors as they look to spring a surprise over Napoli.

  • Napoli are currently riding an eight-game unbeaten streak in Serie A, keeping five clean sheets during that span.
  • Mazzarri's men have scored 14 goals in their last five league encounters.
  • The Partenopei advanced to the final of the Coppa Italia by beating Siena 3-2 on aggregate. 
  • Catania have not conceded a goal in their last three matches.
  • Montella's side are undefeated in their last six contests (W4 D2).
  • The Sicilians have won seven games by a one-goal margin so far this season.

Players to watch

E. Cavani

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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El Matador scored on Wednesday to propel Napoli past Siena and into the Coppa Italia final. The Uruguay international will be hoping for more of the same on Sunday as the Partenopei need a win to keep pace in the race for the final Champions League spot.

F. Lodi

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The 28-year-old leads Catania in scoring with eight Serie A goals so far this season. The midfielder will be making a homecoming on Sunday as the Sicilians hope to extend their impressive six-game unbeaten run.

Editor's Prediction

Both teams are on a roll right now in domestic play but Napoli have lost only once at home since the winter break and have too many weapons for Catania to handle.    

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Reader's Predictions

SSC Napoli NAP
SSC Napoli Napoli
Calcio Catania CAT
Calcio Catania Catania

Top 3 Predictions

SSC Napoli NAP
3 - 1
Calcio Catania CAT
SSC Napoli NAP
2 - 0
Calcio Catania CAT
SSC Napoli NAP
2 - 1
Calcio Catania CAT