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Coppa Italia

  • February 9, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena, Siena
  • Referee: A. De Marco
  • • Attendance: 4616
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Coppa Italia Preview: Siena - Napoli

Coppa Italia Preview: Siena - Napoli

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Giuseppe Sannino's troops host the Azzurri on Thursday night, with the visitors desperate to return to form following just one victory in their last six encounters


PROBABLE LINEUPS
SIENA

Pegolo
Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso
Angelo, Vergassola, Gazzi, Brienza
Calaio, Destro


NAPOLI


De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica
Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Zuniga
Hamsik, Pandev
Cavani


Siena will face Napoli without first choice goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic as the Serbia international faces another week on the sidelines following groin surgery. Francesco Bolzoni is also likely to miss out, with the former Inter youth also suffering a groin problem.

Walter Mazzarri has no real injury concerns going into Thursday's clash, however the former Sampdoria coach is expected to name a few changes to the side that drew with AC Milan last Sunday, with Goran Pandev likely to take Ezequiel Lavezzi's place in attack and Andrea Dossena and Gokhan Inler expected to replace Juan Zuniga and Blerim Dzemaili in the midfield.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Siena have only lost one of their last four meetings with the visitors.
  • This season is the first time the Bianconeri have made it to the semi-finals of the competition.
  • The hosts have only won one of their last six home games.
  • Napoli have failed to win in five of their last six encounters.
  • The Azzurri are averaging two goals a game in the Coppa Italia this season.
  • The last two times that these sides met the game has ended in a draw.

Players to watch

E. Calaiò

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The former Napoli star has been the stand out performer for the Bianconeri this term, with the forward netting 10 goals in all competitions so far to ensure he is the club's leading goal scorer. And after netting twice in his last three appearances, he will be raring to go for the visit of his former employers.

E. Cavani

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Uruguay international has been in excellent form for Napoli this season, with the former Palermo forward leading the goal scoring charts for his side with 19 goals in all competitions. And with three strikes in his two Coppa Italia appearance this season, he will be hoping that his impressive strike rate continues on Thursday night.

Editor's Prediction

With the Azzurri desperate to return to form following a recent run of disappointing results, along with the superior quality at Walter Mazzarri's disposal, an away victory seems a likely outcome.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Robur Siena

Napoli

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Robur Siena Srl SIE
Robur Siena Srl Robur Siena
Draw
SSC Napoli NAP
SSC Napoli Napoli
18%
15%
67%

Top 3 Predictions

Robur Siena Srl SIE
0 - 2
SSC Napoli NAP
Robur Siena Srl SIE
1 - 2
SSC Napoli NAP
Robur Siena Srl SIE
1 - 1
SSC Napoli NAP

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