Monday, February 24, 2014

SSC Napoli vs Genoa Italian Serie A 24-02-2014

SSC Napoli vs CFC Genoa - Italy, Serie A, Game week 25th

SSC Napoli remain 3rd in the Serie A league table, with 50 points, being 4 points behind 2nd Roma and 13 behind leading. In 24 rounds Napoli managed to win 15, draw 5 and lose 4 games. In 2014 Benitez’s players lost only one game - 0:3 against Atalanta, at the beginning of February. To tell the truth Napoli can forget about Seria A Championship and focus on winning second place, for which they will battle with Roma for sure to the very end of the league season. And they are not without chance – Napoli’s performance this season is very good and they present a stable form both in the league as well as in Europa League. However in the last game preceding the match against Genoa, they only drew the EL game in Swansea that can be read as a quite a surprise. But it should not have any negative effect on their form in Serie A, it can only additionally motivate them. 
Genoa team occupy 10th position in the Seria A table, having 31 points in the 24 rounds. 8 wins, 7 draws and 9 defeats can’t be satisfying. Also the negative goal balance - 27:31 – shows that their performance and form this season is not particularly good. Gasperini’s team is at the moment 32 points behind the leader, Juventus. Quite a precipice! Theoretically they have some chances to achieve the 5th place that allows playing in Europa League Quali but they will have to catch up more than 8 points. In spite of the weak performance Genoa’s forward, Alberto Gilardino, managed to score 11 goals already, being only 3 behind leading Giuseppe Rossi (14). Moreover in the last league game, against Udinese Calcio (3:3), it was him who rescued Genoa from losing.

Date: 24th February, 2014 – 9 pm CET
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo

Possible line-ups: 
SSC Napoli: Reina - Fernandez, Albiol, Maggio, Ghoulam - Dzemaili, Behrami, Hamsik, Insigne, Mertens - Higuain.
Genoa: Perin - Burdisso, Portanova, Marchese - Motta, Sturaro, De Ceglie, Antonelli, Matuzalem - Konate, Gilardino.

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