The Neapolitans need to forget Thursday night's collapse against Liverpool and turn their focus on the league...
Recovering From European Shock
Napoli’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday night was nothing if not dramatic. 1-0 up until the 75th minute, the Italians collapsed thereafter with Steven Gerrard scoring a heroic hat-trick.
Napoli are still in with a chance of progressing to the next round but the defeat at Anfield must have taught them to maintain focus throughout the 90 minutes. The Azzurri will be looking to do just that when they host Parma in Naples on Sunday.
At the moment Walter Mazzarri’s side are level on points with Juventus and just two behind third-placed Milan. However, the former Italian champions have struggled at home, having lost twice already in the league.
Signs Of Improvement
Parma are moving forward with the pace of a tortoise perhaps but they are moving forward nevertheless. Three draws in a row in the league have pushed the Ducali above the relegation zone.
However, the danger is far from over yet for a side that are showing signs of struggling from the ‘second season syndrome’ as they are level on points with third-from-bottom Cesena. Pasquale Marino’s side need to start winning again and perhaps three successive draws have given them a platform to do just that.
But Parma have yet to win away from home in the league this season and have conceded six goals in four games on their travels. Even though Napoli have looked troubled in Naples, Parma must be aware to improve their own away record in order to register a victory against the Neapolitans.
Lucarelli is injured for the Azzurri but there are no other injury concerns for them.
Galloppa, Paloschi and Pavarini are out injured for Parma. Dzemaili is suspended.