Napoli vs AS Roma: Avoiding The Third Consecutive Loss
Roma’s chance to qualify to the Champions League next season seems to be harder than they thought. The consistently positive form of Atalanta on the top four and their two suprising defeats against AC Milan and Udinese this week has led to the growing doubts in their squad. Twelve-point gap seems too much to catch up considering Atalanta’s form lately. This weekend, they can not lose more points. Otherwise, their current position will be taken over by Napoli, their upcoming opponent on giornata or matchday 30. Both are only separated by three points. No wonder that this clash surely offers an entertaining match since both tends to employ more attacking football recently.
Gattuso’s men had a disappointing defeat while travelling to Bergamo. Instead of playing offensive as usual, they chose a rather pragmatic approach by relying on a counter attack at the first half. The host bombarded and could score twice by Mario Pasalic and Robin Gosens. Lorenzo Insigne and Co came out and attacked more at the second half but failed to find the back of the net.
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Il Giallorossi had the same exact negative result. They were stunned by Udinese and lost 0-2 at home. Two assists from Rodrigo de Paul gave chances to Kevin Lasagna and Ilija Nestorovski to bag a goal each. It was Roma’s second consecutive defeats since the lockdown.
Missing players and probable lineups
Gennare Gattusso always opts for 4-3-3 and managed to bring back a more offensive tactics after a rather pragmatic one under Carlo Ancellotti in 4-4-2. The former AC Milan star and boss often rotates the squad, especially at the front. Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Arkadiusz Milik are the main forward. Sadly, the former Arsenal goalkeeper, Davide Ospina, is still sidelined for his injury.
Napoli: Alex Meret; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mario Rui, Nikola Maksimovic; Fabian Ruiz, Diego Demme, Piotr Zielinski ; Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens, Arkadiusz Milik.
Paulo Fonseca is a fan of offensive football, something which is traditionally against the Italians. He often opts for 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 occasionally. Edin Dzeko is his main scorer while the one who plays wide can be Justin Kluivert, Cengiz Under, Carles Perez and Henrikh Mikhitariyan. Some names will be sideline due to the injury such as Nicola Zaniolo, Juan Jesus and Gianluca Mancini.
AS Roma: Antonio Mirante; Chris Smalling, Alexander Kolarov, Davide Zappacosta, Gianluca Mancini ; Bryan Cristante, Jordan Veretrout; Lorenzo Pellegrini, Carles Perez, Cengiz Under; Edin Dzeko.
The record in their head-to-head encounters seems to be quite even. Napoli have a slight dominance with three wins and one draw in the last six meetings, whereas AS Roma have won twice.
It is expected to be a tight game but the pressure to win will be bigger on the visitors side as their current position is not safe yet. Edin Dzeko and Co still have to avoid AC Milan and Verona which are only five and six points away, beside Napoli. Considering both form lately, a draw seems to be a fair result.
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