Hellas Verona vs Napoli: Time to Improve the Serie A Campaign
Napoli has just won Coppa Italia last week after the restart by beating Juventus in a penalty shoot-out. Their current success certainly boosts their confindence for completing this season. Il Partenopei are now on the 6th of the table with 39th points which is still six point behind AS Roma who are sitting on the fifth. With twelve games remaining everything is still possible. This week, they will be squaring off Hellas Verona, the suprising darkhorse this season.
Verona restarted their campaign with a 2-1 win over Cagliari last weekend. Samuel Di Carmine score a brace before conceding by Giovanni Simeone’s strike. Such result brings them closer to the Europa League place, competing AC Milan and Napoli, which only have one-poin difference from them.
Lorenzo Insigne and Co made their return to the pitch with a great victory in Coppa Italia. They managed to clinch the title after defeating Juventus 4-2 by a penalty shootout after involving in a tight match ended in a goalless draw in 90 minutes. Alex Meret was the key man in the final after denying Paulo Dybala’s and Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty.
Missing players and probable lineups
Ivan Juric has been in favour of 3-4-2-1 formation. Samuel di Carmine will be back on the starting IX. However, the absence of Fabio Borini due to a suspension and Matteo Pessina for being injured wil push Juric to opt for Mattia Zaccagni and Valerio Verre to support the targetman.
Hellas Verona: Marco Silvestri; Amir Rrahmani, Koray Gunter, Salvatore Bocchetti ; Darko Lazovic, Marco Faraoni, Miguel Veloso, Sofyan Amrabat; Mattia Zaccagni, Valerio Verre; Samuel di Carmine.
Gennaro Gatusso seems to br succesful in bringing back the winning mentality once Napoli had under Maurizio Sarri and Rafael Benitez with his 4-3-3 formation. Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Arkadiusz Milik are likely to be picked in the starting IX. On the injury table, only Kevin Malcut is sidelined.
Napoli: David Ospinna; Kalidou Koulibaly, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Nemanja Maksimovic, Mario Rui ; Diego Demme, Fabian Ruiz, Pietr Zielinski; Lorenzo Insigne, Arkadiusz Milik, Dries Mertens.
In the head-to-head encounters, Napoli is the very dominant side. They have been unbeaten against Verona in the last six meetings and with convincing six wins as well.
Gattuso’s men will welcome a tricky contender in this fixture. Verona’s side has been impressive recently and this is something Napoli must concern. With only one point margin, once Il Partenopei slips away, they will have to give up their position to them. Nevertheless, they have a better and more experienced squad. Thus, a draw might be a fair result for both.
Where to watch
International TV channels:
ESPN+(USA), DAZN (Austria, Germany), NOWTV (Italy), Eleven Sports 1 (Poland), Strive Sports (Norway), BeIN Sports Connect(France), Digi GO (Slovakia, Czech Rep), Serie A Pass (Iceland), C More Play (Sweden), Ziggo Sports 14 (Holland).
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