Preview - Chievo vs Napoli 5 Nov

Started by Bensergi, Nov 05, 2017, 07:07 PM

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Chievo vs Napoli

The euphoria from a 3-2 derby win over Verona has been followed by back-to-back 4-1 thrashings at the hands of AC Milan and Sampdoria.

Can Chievo take advantage of any fatigue from the Napoli camp, who are left struggling to stay in the Champions League after suffering their third defeat in the group?

Napoli will line up in their traditional 4-3-3 formation. Fulback Faouzi Ghoulam is missing, with the Portuguese Mario Rui expected to step in. Sarri has tended to rotate his midfielders when faced with a midweek fixture and Amadou Diawara and Piotr Zielinski could possibly step in for Jorginho and Allan.

The sizzling front three of Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne will retain their places and they will provide a massive threat as always.

Chievo have not beaten Napoli at the Bentegodi since 2012-13, when they triumphed 2-0. Since then they have suffered four defeats out of four.

Bensergi

Match Stats:

  • Chievo 0-0 Napoli
  • Shots: 3-16
  • Possession: 36%-64%
  • Corner kicks: 2-11


Napoli kept a clean sheet despite missing Pepe Reina, but were unable to break down an organised and rugged Chievo.

The Partenopei needed a victory to stay top of the table, but were starting to feel the effects of Champions League commitments, losing Faouzi Ghoulam and Arkadiusz Milik. Dries Mertens grit his teeth to start, but Pepe Reina was out with a back injury, so Luigi Sepe got his first Serie A appearance for the club since 2009. Mario Rui also had his first start for the Partenopei. It was a special game for Roberto Inglese, who was bought by Napoli in August and left at Chievo on loan, but could be recalled in January. The Bentegodi side were coming off back-to-back 4-1 defeats to Milan and Sampdoria.

Napoli had won their last four visits to Chievo since a 2-0 defeat in 2012-13.

Marek Hamsik's snapshot was deflected over and Alessandro Gamberini, but it was mainly Napoli pushing forward and Stefano Sorrentino beat away a Lorenzo Insigne effort, smothering the Hamsik rebound.

Jose Callejon's angled drive flashed across the face of goal to go just wide, but Napoli almost scored from midfield when Ivan Radovanovic spotted Sepe off his line and attempted a lob from 60 metres out, but the goalkeeper scrambled back to take it out from under the bar.

Sorrentino fingertipped a looping Hamsik header over the bar and Piotr Zielinski's half-volley was off target. Adam Ounas came off the bench and Mertens couldn't make the most of his cross.

In the final minute, Sorrentino flew to palm an Insigne right-foot curler out from under the bar.

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