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  • March 13, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma
  • Referee: E. Morganti
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Serie A Preview: Parma - Napoli

Serie A Preview: Parma - Napoli

Walter Mazzarri's side have slipped in recent weeks and will aim to return to winning ways at struggling Parma...

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Parma: Mirante; Zaccardo, Paci, Lucarelli; Valiani, Morrone, Dzemaili, Modesto; Candreva; Crespo, Bojinov

Parma


Napoli: De Sanctis; Santacroce, Cannavaro, Ruiz; Zuniga, Pazienza, Yebda, Vitale; Hamsik; Lavezzi, Cavani

Napoli


DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Parma are currently placed 15th in Serie A with 29 points from 28 matches, just a point above the relegation zone.
  • The Ducali have not won in their last seven encounters and have drawn their last three.
  • Pasquale Marino’s side have conceded 10 goals from outside the penalty area, the highest number in the league.
  • The Crociati have won seven of their 11 Serie A matches against Napoli at the Tardini.
  • Parma lost the reverse fixture 2-0 in Naples, with striker Edinson Cavani scoring both the goals
  • Napoli are third in the league standings at the moment with 53 points from 28 matches, eight points behind leaders Milan.
  • Cavani is the league's second highest scorer, having netted 20 times so far this campaign.
  • The Partenopei have not scored in their last two matches. If they fail to find the target against Parma, then it will be the first time since March 2009 that Napoli would have failed to do so in three fixtures.
  • Walter Mazzarri’s side have lost five of their last eight away matches but have won the other three.
  • The Azzurri have scored 16 goals in the last 15 minutes of their games.


LAST MEETING


November 7, 2010: Napoli 2-0 Parma

Edinson Cavani was the star of the show last time the two sides confronted each other. The Uruguay international striker broke the deadlock after just 19 minutes and ensured the points for the former Italian champions four minutes from full time.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
83Antonio MiranteGoalkeeper
6Alessandro LucarelliDefender
-Massimo PaciDefender
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
-Francesco ModestoMidfielder
8Daniele GalloppaMidfielder
20Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
7Francesco ValianiMidfielder
17Raffaele PalladinoStriker
29Valeri BojinovStriker
87Antonio CandrevaMidfielder
-Nicola PavariniGoalkeeper
-R. FeltscherDefender
-Marco PisanoDefender
-Stefano MorroneMidfielder
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
9Hernán CrespoStriker
16Filipe OliveiraMidfielder
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
18Víctor RuizDefender
-Paolo CannavaroDefender
13Fabiano SantacroceDefender
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
19Hassan YebdaMidfielder
24Michele PazienzaMidfielder
11Christian MaggioMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
9Edinson CavaniStriker
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
-Gennaro IezzoGoalkeeper
-CribariDefender
-Luigi VitaleMidfielder
23Walter GarganoMidfielder
11José SosaMidfielder
9Giuseppe MascaraStriker
-Cristiano LucarelliStriker
Players to Watch
Hernán Crespo
Hernán Crespo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Hernan Crespo will hope to use his experience and penalty area skills to get the better of Napoli at home. The Argentina veteran striker has scored goals on occasions for the home side and against Napoli's three-man defensive unit he will hope to create problems.
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Ezequiel Lavezzi is back from suspension and will readily slot into the Napoli line-up. The Argentina international attacker is one of the best players in this young and entertaining Napoli side, and he will be crucial in resuscitating the Azzurri's title ambitions and in providing pace and purpose to their attackline in Parma.
Prediction
Napoli appear to have taken a downward spiral in recent days and will be desperate for a win to revive their Scudetto challenge. Parma are struggling for survival and Walter Mazzarri's visiting team should eventually garner the points.

Editor's Prediction
Parma 1
Napoli 2

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