Preview - Napoli vs Bologna 28 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 28, 2018, 07:05 PM

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Napoli vs Bologna

Juventus have responded by beating Chievo to go top of the league. It's now up to Napoli to topple them.

The good thing is that Marek Hamsik, the club's all-time leading scorer, will be back to lead the charge after he was rested
against Atalanta due to tonsillitis.

With full-back Faouzi Ghoulam on the sidlines along with forward Arkadiusz Milik, the options are limited to say the least, and an incoming striker may well be on the horizon. Raul Albiol has a muscular issue and might be left out as a precaution.

Bologna attacking impetus Simone Verdi can expect a hot reception after snubbing a move to Napoli just last week. Verdi has six goals and eight assists so far this season, a better return than either Lorenzo Insigne or Jose Callejon.

Napoli have won the last four meetings with Bologna, home and away, scoring 19 goals and conceding two. The last Serie A victory for the Rossoblu in Naples was a 3-2 thriller in December 2012, followed by three losses.

Prediction: Napoli 4-1 Bologna


Jan 29, 2018, 05:19 PM Last Edit: Jan 29, 2018, 05:21 PM by Bensergi
Match Stats:

  • Napoli 3-1 Bologna
  • Shots: 9-10
  • Possession: 62%-38%
  • Corner kicks: 7-3

Dries Mertens scored twice as Napoli recovered from falling behind after just 24 seconds to beat Bologna 3-1 and return to the top of Serie A.

Argentine forward Rodrigo Palacio headed in off the post to give the visitors the lead at the San Paolo.

Napoli were level when Ibrahima Mbaye made a mess of a clearance and put past his own keeper before Mertens' penalty gave the Naples club the lead.

Belgium forward Mertens sealed victory with a delicious curling finish.

The 30-year-old has scored 13 Serie A goals this season.

On Saturday, Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain scored as Juventus beat nine-man Chievo to go two points clear at the top of the table.

But Napoli's sixth successive league win saw Maurizio Sarri's men go back above Juve.

Napoli have not won Serie A since 1990 when Diego Maradona was playing for them.

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