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Torino vs Napoli Match Preview: Napoli eager to prove themselves as title contenders

Torino vs Napoli Match Preview: Napoli eager to prove themselves as title contenders

Torino and Napoli take on each other on Sunday evening in Turin, in a match that is expected to be very entertaining for all the football fans. Having a look at both sides average goal-scoring records we expect to see an open match full of well produced attacking actions. Torino has struggled recently showing signs of inconsistency losing three out of four last encounters, while Napoli are aiming to succeed the fifth victory of the season and will be having a pretty difficult trip to an already proved very competitive opponent.

Torino News:

Torino started the campaign well and have made some impressive performances by beating Atalanta and Milan. Ten goals scored and ten received is what makes this team very delightful to watch. But losing the winnable matches to Lecce and Parma is what is keeping them away from the European qualifying zone. We may see here Belotti scoring his six of the season but it is difficult to bet on them winning. 

Napoli News:

Napoli managed to win to Brescia last round and now sit fourth on table six points far from the top by only dropping points to Cagliari and the current Serie A champions Juventus Turin. They impressed so far with the appearance against Liverpool in the first game of the group stage but yet disappointed in the second by only sharing the spoils with Genk. The season for Napoli looks so promising that fluctuating. But Mertens and Llorente will probably take care this time to make things flow on their way.

Torino News:

Bremer will miss the clash due to the red card suspension. Vittorio Parigini is back from the injury but may need some time to get fully-fit for a starting eleven. Simone Zaza is doubtful and may not be able to start.

Napoli Team News:

Dries Mertens will start the match to form the new attacking duo with Fernando Llorente. Koulibaly misses due to the match ban and will be replaced by Nikola Maksimovic. Faouzi Ghulam is set to start as the left-back instead of Marco Rui who was forced to leave the field against Gent because of the injury.

Probable Lineups:

Torino Lineups: Salvatore Sirigu, Armando Izzo, Nicolas N’Koulou, Kevin Bonifazi, Lorenzo De Silvestri, Daniele Baselli, Tomas Rincon, Soualiho Meite, Cristian Ansaldi, Andrea Belotti, Simone Verdi; Coach: Walter Mazzarri

Napoli Lineups: Alex Meret, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Konstantinos Manolas, Sebastiano Luperto, Faouzi Ghoulam, Jose Callejon, Piotr Zieliński, Fabian Ruiz, Lorenzo Insigne, Fernando Llorente, Dries Mertens; Coach: Carlo Ancelotti

Match Facts:

-Napoli has not been defeated from Torino in the last eight encounters. They are 12 games far from their last encounter not to have scored in an away match.

-Torino is without a clean sheet for nine matches in a row.

-Mazzarri and Ancelotti have met twelve times, with Ancelotti winning eight and one match ending in a draw.

Match Prediction:

The teams are entering the match nearly equally strong. Torino’s goal-scoring record has impressed so far but the recent form has left much to be desired. Napoli will go all guns blazing and dropping point will not be an option for them this time. Actually, if they want to continue the journey as title contenders these are the matches to be won. It will also be a big chance to exploit from the Derby d’Italia being played a few hours after.

Prediction: Napoli

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