Match Preview: Napoli v Chievo

Team Form(Last 5 matches)

Napoli – WLDWD

Chievo – LLLWD

Match Preview

Napoli, after drawing to Sassuolo last week, come into this match trying to keep their title hopes alive. After collecting only 8 of the last 15 possible points, Sarri’s men need to come into this match with something they’ve lacked recently. Ruthlessness. The Neapolitans need a confidence building victory, only two weeks ahead of a potential title deciding match against Juventus. Especially after Juventus, with much controversy, provisionally sit 7 points clear of the Partenopei. Anything other than the full 3 points against the Flying Donkeys of Chievo.

Chievo come into this match 5 points clear of the drop zone, on 29 points, and off the heels of a 1-1 draw against Sassuolo midweek. Although they are in 14th place right now, they are not completely safe from the drop, so I’d imagine Rolando Maran’s men will be hungry to steal some points.

In the last encounter between these two clubs, we saw a 0-0 draw at the Bentegodi, a classic Napoli bogey ground. That being said, Napoli haven’t lost to Chievo in their last 6 meetings.

Pre-Match Stats and Points

  • Napoli have scored 9 times from corners this season, while Chievo have conceded 10 from corners(2nd most in Serie A).
  • Dries Mertens has only scored 1 time in Napoli’s last 4 Serie A matches, and only twice in their last 7.

Probable Lineups(According to Gazetta Dello Sport):

Napoli(4-3-3): Reina, Hysaj, Koulibaly, Chiriches, Rui; Allan, Diawara, Hamsik; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne

Chievo(4-4-2): Sorrentino; Depaoli, Bani, Tomovic, Gobbi; Bastien, Radovanovic, Hetemaj, Giaccherini; Meggiorini, Inglese

 


By Ken Cioffredi 

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