Napoli’s campaign in Serie A this season might be rather disappointing as they are still stuck on the mid table but they have a positive result in Coppa Italia. Gattuso’s men are now already in semifinal with an advantage in the first leg. This would be something that Il Partenopei tries to bring into Serie A so that they can bump up their position. This weekend, they will have to visit Cagliari, one of this season’s dark horses.
Cagliari has got a series of negative results, which costs their position on the standings. They were in the top four last year. Last week, they had another disappointing result while visiting Genoa. They slumped to a one goal defeat as Goran Pandev found the back of the net.
Meanwhile, Napoli also had a similar result as their counterpart. They had a surprising 2-3 loss while hosting Lecce. The visitor's side netted three goals by Gianluca Lapadula's brace and Marco Mancosu's goal. Lorenzo Insigne and Co could only respond two goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Jose Callejon.Yet, they surprisingly managed to win 1-0 over Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia semifinal this midweek by as single goal of Fabian Ruiz.
Missing players and probable lineups
Rolando Maran has been deploying 4-3-2-1 with the transition to 4-3-1-2 formation this season. He has been always counting on Giovanni Simeone and Joao Pedro, supported by Inter Milan loanee, Radja Nainggolan. Unfortunately, the latter is suspended. He will miss out the game along with the injured Leonardo Pavoletti, Paolo Farago and Marko Rog.
Cagliari: Alessio Cragno; Ragnar Kavlan, Luca Ceppitelli, Luca Pellegrini, Fabio Pissacane; Nahitan Nandez, Charampolos Lykogiannis, Luca Cigarini; Joao Pedro, Gaston Pereiro; Giovanni Simeone.
As for Gennaro Gattuso, he has been in favour of 4-3-3 since his days in Milan.
On the contrary to his position as a defensive midfielder back then as a player, Gattusso prefers to employ more offensive approach in his system. Luckily, only two names are on the sideline, Fauzhi Ghoulam and Kevin Malcut.
Napoli: David Ospinna; Kostas Manolas, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mario Rui, Giovani De Lorenzo; Allan, Fabian Ruiz, Pietr Zielinski; Arkadiusz Milik, Jose Callejon, Lorenzo Insigne.
Napoli is certainly the dominant side in the head-to-head meetings against Cagliari. They have won five times in the last six encounters. What’s worse, Cagliari has failed to win in the last nine games of Serie A.
The host has been in their negative trend lately as they have been winless in their last ten games of all competitions. This could potentially continue as Napoli is on the mission on bumping up their position on the table. Yet, Gattusso's men might find it difficult to seal three points in Sardinia, unless they play well just like while they were beating Inter last Wednesday.
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