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  • October 3, 2010
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: P. Tagliavento
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Serie A Preview: Napoli – Roma

Serie A Preview: Napoli – Roma

The Azzurri have started to show their true colours and are looking great again…

Back Among The Top Six

Like several of the Champions League hopefuls Napoli too have endured a rather indifferent start to the 2010-11 campaign by their high standards but have now started to come into the groove.

Last weekend Walter Mazzarri’s side came from behind to defeat Cesena 4-1 away from home. The win propelled them to sixth place in the table with eight points from five matches, just two behind leaders Inter and Lazio.

On Thursday evening Napoli held Steaua Bucharest to a 3-3 draw in a Europa League group game away from home and seem to have regained their momentum and form that almost saw them qualify for the Champions League places towards the end of the 2009-10 campaign.

Out Of The Blue


Roma’s inception to the campaign has been ruthlessly disappointing but since last weekend things have taken a surge towards the brighter end of the spectrum. The 1-0 win against Italian and European champions Inter in Rome was a huge morale-booster that saw them defeat Cluj 2-1 at home in midweek in the Champions League.

At the moment Roma are third from bottom in Serie A with five points from five matches. Yet a closer look at the table would suggest that things are not as desperate as they seem as the Lupi are a win away from fifth-placed Milan.

However, whether Roma can get that victory against Napoli in Naples can be put forward as a topic for debate. Claudio Ranieri’s side have lost all their away games this season, both in Serie A and in the Champions League, and against a Napoli side tremendously good in Naples it will not be easy for the former Italian champions.


TEAM NEWS


Napoli


Lucarelli is a long-term injury concern for the Azzurri but Mazzarri has all the other players available for the visit of Roma.

Roma

Julio Sergio, Taddei and Adriano will miss the trip to Naples with injuries. Mexes is suspended and so is Perrotta.

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Players to watch

E. Cavani

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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  • 0
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Cavani was on target for Napoli again on Thursday evening in the Europa League and the Uruguay international hitman will be crucial for them against Roma. A consistent goalscorer, Cavani is fast developing into one of the most prolific strikers in Italy - the Julio Sergio and Philippe Mexes-less Roma defence unit must be careful of the former Palermo hitman.

D. De Rossi

Position: Midfielder

Games: 10

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  • 3
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De Rossi has been modest at best so far this season but in midweek expressed just what he is capable of as he helped destroy Cluj in the Champions League. The return to form of the Italy international will not have been gone unnoticed in Naples.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Napoli

Roma

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

SSC Napoli NAP
SSC Napoli Napoli
Draw
AS Roma ROM
AS Roma Roma
15%
72%

Top 3 Predictions

SSC Napoli NAP
1 - 2
AS Roma ROM
SSC Napoli NAP
0 - 2
AS Roma ROM
SSC Napoli NAP
0 - 1
AS Roma ROM

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