Eliminated from the Italian Cup, Napoli defends this Saturday, January 6, the leadership of the Italian Championship version 2017/2018. It will face, from 12h (Brasília time), the Verona. The match is part of the schedule of the twentieth round of Serie A, the first of the second round. It will be held at the San Paolo stadium in Naples.
The recent performance of Napoli
It was in the same spot that Napoli brought the first disappointment of 2018 to their fans. With a mixed team, it took 2 to 1 of Atalanta, on Wednesday, January 2, falling in the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup.
Although the elimination was obviously not the expected result, it could have its positive side. Napoli does not have a cast of the greatest, both in quality and quantity. Thus, it would have difficulties in dividing itself in three competitions, since it is in the fight for the title of the Europa League.
In practice, the downfall means opening up more time for player recovery and training aiming to win the Italian Championship, which is certainly the club’s priority. With 48 points (15 wins, three draws and one loss), the team leads the fight. But the advantage in the comparison with Juventus, second placed, is only one point.
To face Verona, Sarri must climb the starting lineup. He only has the defender Faouzi Ghoulam (11 matches in the Brazilian Championship 2017/2018, two goals) and the striker Arkadiusk Milik (three games, one goal), who are handed over to the medical department.
The current form of Verona
Verona are at the other end of the Italian Championship standings. With 13 points (three wins, four draws and 12 losses), it occupies the nineteenth (penultimate post). They are two less than the Spal, seventeenth placed and first out of the relegation zone.
Like Napoli, it is also out of the competition for the Italian Cup. He finished in the last 16 by taking Milan 3-0. As you do not participate in European tournaments, maintenance in Serie A will receive exclusive dedication from your coaching staff and athletes.
The doubts of coach Fabio Pecchia for the departure due to medical problems focus on the attack. Alessio Cerci (14 matches in the Italian League, two goals) and Mohamed Fares (12 games, no goal), which are used regularly, depend on new tests to see if they can play. In the same situation are defender Nicolo Cherubin (without performances) and midfielder Mattia Zaccagni (six games, without a goal), who have minor importance in the cast.
History of the bouts between Napoli and Verona
Napoli defeated Verona in the last four games. In the first round of the season 2017/2018 of the Italian Championship marked 3 to 1.
Far superior technically, owner of the third best attack of the Serie A with 42 goals scored and at home, Napoli does not open options for risk guesses in the duel. It is the best option for bets with odds of 1.10 for 1 in Rivalo. The prize for a draw is 9.00. Success visitor multiplies the investment by 25.00.