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Serie A

  • March 4, 2012
  • • 11:30
  • • Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma
  • Referee: P. Valeri
  • • Attendance: 13000

Parma - Napoli Preview: Visitors aim to extend winning run to five with victory in Emilia-Romagna

Parma - Napoli Preview: Visitors aim to extend winning run to five with victory in Emilia-Romagna

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The Partenopei have finally hit form, having won their last four games, and now face Roberto Donadoni's unpredictable outfit with the intention of maintaining their momentum


Zaccardo, Ferrario, Paletta
B'biany, M'iga, Musacci, Galloppa, Modesto
Giovinco, Okaka

De Sanctis
Grava, Cannavaro, Britos
Maggio, Gargano, Dzemaili, Dossena
Hamsik, Lavezzi

Parma are set to make three changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Catania last Sunday, all enforced on coach Roberto Donadoni, who also prepares to face his former employers.

Alessandro Lucarelli's red card and Sergio Floccari's injury during the trip to Sicily pave the way for Gabriel Paletta and Stefano Okaka to come into the fold, while Massimo Gobbi is a doubt. Nonetheless, Francesco Modesto will be ready to step into the former Fiorentina man's shoes on the left flank.

Meanwhile, for high-flyers Napoli, four alterations look likely to take effect from their impressive 1-0 win over Inter.

The sacrificial lambs are expected to be Hugo Campagnaro, Gokhan Inler and Juan Zuniga, along with the suspended Salvatore Aronica, as Miguel Britos, Andrea Dossena and Marek Hamsik are to start against the Gialloblu at their expense. Blerim Dzemaili will also be rewarded for his virtuoso display against the Nerazzurri with a place in central midfield.


  • Parma have drawn four of their last six Serie A games, winning just once.
  • The Ducali are are unbeaten in their last seven games at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.
  • Sergio Floccari has scored five goals against Napoli - his favourite Serie A opponent - making his absence a real blow for the hosts.
  • Parma have scored in each of their last 12 trips to the San Paolo in the top flight.
  • However, Napoli are unbeaten in their last three visits to Parma, picking up two wins in the process.
  • The Partenopei have won their last four fixtures, keeping three clean sheets while doing so.
  • Napoli have Serie A's second-best defence away from home, conceding just 11 goals.
  • They have lost just one of their last seven games.

Players to watch

S. Giovinco

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Gialloblu have been accused of being a 'one-man team' this season due to the individual brilliance of the Atomic Ant, and his 11 goals and six assists for team-mates are enough to state his paramount importance to the club. Without his contribution, Parma would be nothing more than relegation fodder, as the ex-Juventus man seems to showcase his impressive dribbling and playmaking ability almost every week.

B. Džemaili

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Swiss midfielder received widespread acclaim for his superb display against Inter last weekend after causing the struggling Milan giants all sorts of problems for the entire 90 minutes. His expertly-executed through-ball for Lavezzi's winner was the highlight of his performance, and, although he is expected to start in midfield rather than in the hole behind the strikers, he will still look to pull the strings, albeit in a deeper role.

Editor's Prediction

The absences of Lucarelli in defence and Floccari in attack may prove costly for the hosts, as they will be without their leader at the back and second-top scorer for the visit of a currently in-form Napoli. Coach Walter Mazzarri also seems to have finally found the nucleus of his best team, so a comfortable win for the southern Italians should come to pass.

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