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November 10, 2010 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Sant'Elia — Cagliari
Referee:‬ G. Rocchi‎
Attendance:‬ 15000‎

Serie A Preview: Cagliari – Napoli

The Neapolitans will aim to carry on their great run of results in Serie A…

By Subhankar Mondal

Sanchez & Nenè - Udinese-Cagliari - Serie A (Getty Images)

Mid-Table Comfort

Cagliari are expected to struggle for survival this season but the Sardinians are doing relatively well. At the moment the Isolani are 12th in the table with 11 points from 10 matches.

But Cagliari are just three points above the relegation zone and need to pick up points. With the table very congested, the Sardinians should realise that they will have to look at every game as potential three points.

However, Cagliari do have a good record at home as they have won two, drawn one and lost one in the league, scoring seven times and conceding just two. They won the last game at the Stadio Sant'Elia, defeating Bologna 2-0.

Mission Champions League

Napoli commenced the 2010-11 season as genuine contenders for a Champions League spot and they are well on course to accomplishing their task.

Walter Mazzarri’s side are currently fifth in Serie A with 18 points from 10 matches and have as many points as fourth-placed Juventus. Napoli defeated Parma 2-0 at the weekend – it was their second win in a row in the league.

Interestingly, Napoli have not lost on the road yet this season in the league and have won three of the five away matches. Therefore, the former Italian champions will expect themselves to bag maximum points in Cagliari on Wednesday night.



Ragatzu, Pisano, Lazzari and Sivakov are out injured for the Sardinians, who will have Nene and Matri as the two strikers upfront in a 4-3-1-2 formation.


Lucarelli and Pazienza are out injured for the Azzurri. Walter Mazarri could deploy a 3-4-2-1 formation with Cavani playing the lone striker’s role with Hamsik and Lavezzi behind him. Yebda is likely to replace Pazienza in central midfield.

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Team News
Available Squads
-Michael AgazziGoalkeeper
24Gabriele PericoDefender
-Michele CaniniDefender
13Davide AstoriDefender
33Alessandro AgostiniDefender
-Simon LanerMidfielder
5Daniele ContiMidfielder
-Davide BiondiniMidfielder
7Andrea CossuMidfielder
32Alessandro MatriStriker
22Ivan PelizzoliGoalkeeper
-Daniele MagliocchettiDefender
-Lorenzo AriaudoDefender
-Dario BiasiDefender
-Alex PinardiMidfielder
12Robert AcquafrescaStriker
23Radja NainggolanMidfielder
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
-Fabiano SantacroceDefender
-Paolo CannavaroDefender
-Salvatore AronicaDefender
11Christian MaggioMidfielder
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
-Hassan YebdaMidfielder
3Andrea DossenaDefender
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
24José SosaMidfielder
-Gennaro IezzoGoalkeeper
-Manuele BlasiMidfielder
-Nicolao DumitruStriker
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
-Gianluca GravaDefender
24Michele PazienzaMidfielder
-Luigi VitaleMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
Players to Watch
Alessandro Matri
Alessandro Matri
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 32
Games Goals YC RC
13 4 1 0

Matri will be crucial to breaking down Napoli’s defenceline. Playing alongside Nene, the striker will attempt to forge a strike-relationship that could put the Neapolitans’ defensive unit in a fix.

Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

Edinson Cavani scored both the goals in Napoli’s 2-0 win against Parma at the weekend and the Uruguay international will be the player to watch on Wednesday evening. Cavani has been one of the best and most consistent players for the Azzurri this campaign and he will look to maintain that against Cagliari.

Probable Lineups
Michael Agazzi 0
Gabriele Perico 24
Michele Canini 0
Davide Astori 13
Alessandro Agostini 33
Simon Laner 0
Daniele Conti 5
Davide Biondini 0
Andrea Cossu 7
Alessandro Matri 32
Nenê 18
Morgan De Sanctis 26
Fabiano Santacroce 0
Paolo Cannavaro 0
Salvatore Aronica 0
Christian Maggio 11
Walter Gargano 5
Hassan Yebda 0
Andrea Dossena 3
Marek Hamsik 17
Ezequiel Lavezzi 21
José Sosa 24
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
15 0