Stadio San Paolo
Wednesday 26th September 2018
The train journey south to Napoli yesterday was one full of a Parma side bursting with confidence. Roberto D’Aversa take his side to the San Paulo coming off the back of two wins on the bounce, having conquered the Guiseppe Meazza as well as comfortably seeing off Cagliari at the Tardini last time out.
D’Aversa acknowledged to get three wins in a row will be tough but not impossible, “It won’t be easy but nothing is impossible” The Parma coach also hinted that changes will probably be made to tonight’s starting line-up, due to playing three games in a week, the back four should remain relatively unchanged with Bruno Alves once again leading from the back, it will be in midfield and attack we may see some changes, with the coach announcing that Amato Ciciretti is fit and ready to go, while Leo Stulac should be back to full match fitness after struggling on with the flu over the weekend, as for Gervinho, despite the Ivorian’s incredible displays of late, he’s still being assessed daily as he nears full match fitness.
Carlo Ancelotti hosts his former club knowing victory is so important to keep tabs on Juventus at the top of the table, The Partenopei know they can’t afford to let Juventus stretch their lead at the top any further at such an early stage before the two meet at the weekend.
Napoli comfortably saw off Torino last time out, with Lorenzo Insigne bagging a brace, Parma will have their hands full tonight trying to contain the little Neapolitan as he leads the Napoli attack along with either Dries Mertens or Arkadiusz Milik.
The last time Parma visited Napoli was back in December 2014, where the home side came out on top thanks to goals from Duvan Zapata and Dries Mertens.
Keep an eye out for Roberto Inglese the Parma forward is in scintillating form and currently on loan from Napoli, he will be determined to put on a display in front of the Napoli faithful to show what their missing.