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  • October 15, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: P. Mazzoleni
  • • Attendance: 48000
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Serie A Preview: Napoli v Parma

Serie A Preview: Napoli v Parma

The Neapolitan high-flyers prepare to host their Emilia-Romagnese visitors at San Paolo on Saturday, with the ambition of reclaiming top spot in the Serie A standings


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

NAPOLI

De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica
Maggio, Dzemaili, Gargano, Dossena
Hamsik, Lavezzi
Cavani
PARMA

Mirante
Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli, Gobbi
Biabiany, Morrone, Jadid, Modesto
Giovinco, Floccari

Walter Mazzarri will be glad to have a near full-strength squad at his disposal after the international break, with only Miguel Britos, Goran Pandev and Marco Donadel remaining on the sidelines for Napoli. However, it is expected that one of Gokhan Inler or Walter Gargano will be rested for the visit of Parma, as Blerim Dzemaili is ready to deputise in central midfield.

For the visitors, they are in a similarly strong position regarding first-team matters, with just Hernan Crespo being their only doubtful participant. Franco Colomba's decisions come in midfield, as Jonathan Biabiany is set to be picked ahead of Francesco Valiani on the right-hand side, and Jadid should get the nod rather than Daniele Galloppa in the centre.



DID YOU KNOW
  • Last season, Napoli won both fixtures against Parma, by two-goal scorelines each time.
  • However, the visitors have won twice in their past five visits to San Paolo, with Napoli also winning two.
  • Both sides have won just three of their last eight Serie A matches, dating back to last season.
  • Napoli have alternated between a win and a draw over their last four Serie A games on home soil.
  • They could also move top of the table with victory on Saturday, and possibly remain there if the other top five sides fail to win.
  • Meanwhile, Parma have taken just two points from their last four away fixtures, scoring just twice in the process.
  • Stefano Morrone became the first player to score for Parma other than Sebastian Giovinco this season, who had netted all of their first five goals.
  • Giovinco has scored 12 goals in 34 Serie A appearances for Parma since his arrival last year.

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Available Squads
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
-Paolo CannavaroDefender
-Salvatore AronicaDefender
3Andrea DossenaDefender
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
11Christian MaggioMidfielder
23Walter GarganoMidfielder
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
21Federico FernándezDefender
17Mario SantanaMidfielder
20Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
-Cristiano LucarelliStriker
9Giuseppe MascaraStriker
Players to Watch
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Despite the sheer goalscoring form of Edinson Cavani, Walter Mazzarri's outfit normally tick when their playmaking Argentine forward plays at the top of his game. Although he has never been the most deadliest of finishers, Lavezzi's productive assist rate and electric feet, coupled with his unpredictable nature and penchant for the spectacular makes him an important player to watch in this encounter.
Sebastian Giovinco
Sebastian Giovinco
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
There really is only one candidate for Parma's player to watch, the man in question being the Atomic Ant himself. Giovinco has been in imperious form, acting as Parma's talisman and source of inspiration, netting five of his side's six league goals this campaign, including two consecutive braces against Chievo and Genoa. Both also proved to be match-winning performances from the diminutive attacker, who could pose Napoli's experienced back three a problem with his current ruthless streak.
Prediction
The hosts, who possess Serie A's second-most prolific forward line, should have a comfortable ride against a Parma side who have the second-worst defensive record in the league. Napoli's stellar trident in attack will be showcased on Saturday, and it remains to be seen how much damage they will potentially inflict on their visitors.
Editor's Prediction
Napoli 3
Parma 1

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