Saturday, March 4, 2017

Roma vs Napoli - Competition: Italian Serie A
Date: 4 March 2017 - Kick-off Time: 14:00 GMT
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Roma

AS Roma lost their Italian Coppa Italia meeting with rivals Lazio (2-0) in midweek but they did manage to win 3-1 at in form Inter Milan last weekend, a result that consolidated their 2nd place in the Serie A standings, 7 points below league leaders Juventus. The Giallorossi have a 100% record at home in Serie A so far and have scored an average of three goals per game at the Stadio Olimpico, conceding just 0.67 in return. The 'Wolves' have won three of the last four meetings between these two sides, including a 3-1 victory at the San Paolo earlier this season.
Luciano Spalletti is not expected to change what seems to be his favourite XI despite a heactic schedule. The only change could see Juan Jesus replacing Antonio Rudiger in the three man backline. The in-form Radja Nainggolan and Mo Salah will support the lone striker Edin Dzeko up front, while the Brazilian duo Emerson and Bruno Peres will play as wing backs. Alessandro Florenzi is still nursing his knee injuries and will be ruled out from this clash.
SSC Napoli team are aiming to bounce back after suffering two defeats in a week, a 0-2 home loss in Serie at the hands of Atalanta and a 3-1 defeat against Juventus in the Coppa Italia semifinal 1st leg in Turin. As a result, the Partenopei have earned just one win in their last four games, considering they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid team at the Santiago Bernabeu in Champions League. The 'Azzurri' have won 5 of their last 6 away matches, scoring at least 2 goals in each match.
Dries Mertens is favourite to start in the attacking trio, while Lorenzo Insigne could be the one that makes room for Arkadiusz Milik if he is given a start here. In midfield, Amadou Diawara is favoruite over Jorginho for a starting berth as playmaker, with Piotr Zielinski and Marek Hamsik sure starters. Brazilian midfielder Allan is still on the sidelines due to his groin injury, whereas Lorenzo Tonelli is another unavailable player for the visitors.

Roma last 5 matches:
12/02/17 Crotone 0 – 2 AS Roma
16/02/17 Villarreal 0 – 4 Roma
19/02/17 Roma 4 – 1 Torino
23/02/17 Roma 0 – 1 Villarreal
26/02/17 Inter 1 – 3 AS Roma 

Napoli last 5 matches:
04/02/17 Bologna 1 – 7 SSC Napoli
10/02/17 Napoli 2 – 0 Genoa
15/02/17 Real Madrid 3 – 1 Napoli
19/02/17 Chievo Verona 1 – 3 Napoli
25/02/17 Napoli 0 – 2 Atalanta 

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