Napoli takes on Spezia, as they look to build on the momentum following the last game’s victory over AC Milan. Here are the team news and predicted line-ups.
In the midst of a club-wide injury crisis, Napoli’s quest for a first Scudetto victory since the Diego Maradona era has run the risk of falling apart in recent weeks. A hard-fought win at Milan on Sunday provided some relief for Luciano Spalletti’s team.
Because of the absences of Lorenzo Insigne and others, Eljif Elmas was promoted to Gli Azzurri’s starting lineup. He scored what proved to be the decisive goal at the end in the fifth minute. It was a cold Sunday night at San Siro.
The ex-league leaders were in fine form, but they were missing a few first-team regulars. However, they managed to survive a Milan surge and potential equalizer which was later ruled out by VAR. Napoli’s victory keeps them four points behind Inter at the Serie A summit.
Following successive defeats at home to Empoli and Atalanta, Napoli should be in a positive frame of mind to finish the year against their ailing rivals this week. If their most important players are fit this week, the Partenopei may remain in contention for trophies abroad and at home.
Spalletti and his team can look forward to a glamorous tie with Barcelona in 2022, following a crucial Europa League win over Leicester City. This year will see them travel to Turin to meet their old rivals Juventus.
They will be banking on the mid-season interval to add three more points to their tally at their home stadium where they have conceded only six league goals.
Napoli: Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Jesus, Rui; Lobotka, Anguissa; Politano, Zielinski, Elmas; Mertens
Spezia: Provedel; Amian, Erlic, Nikolaou; Gyasi, Kovalenko, Bourabia, Maggiore, Reca; Strelec, Manaj
Napoli takes on Spezia tonight at 20.45 local time at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.