In an attempt to better their bid for this season’s Scudetto, Napoli lock horns with Roma in a captivating Serie A fixture on Monday.
The protagonists of the encounter are on the hunt for different ambitions this season. While Napoli are looking to re-establish their authority as potential title contenders, Jose Mourinho’s Roma are looking to splash cold water on Juventus’ dream of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
The Rome-based club stands fifth in the league table with 57 points from 32 games. Juventus, currently fourth in the table, own 63 from 33 games. A win for Mourinho’s men on Monday will reduce the gap between them and Bianconeri to three points.
As far as Roma’s current form is concerned, the Giallorossi have not lost any of their last 12 games in Serie A. On the other hand, Luciano Spalletti’s team will be hoping for a turnaround after Napoli’s 3-2 defeat to Fiorentina last weekend. Five points adrift of league leaders Milan, Napoli must salvage something positive out of the game as Roma, despite Mourinho’s contrasting claims in press conferences, vie for a top-four finish in the league.
Roma’s recent form in Serie A (right to left): W-D-W-W-W
Napoli’s recent form in Serie A (right to left): L-W-W-W-L
Although Giovanni Di Lorenzo has not made his return from injury, Andre Zambo Anguissa is likely to return from his suspension.
As for Roma, captain Lorenzo Pellegrini was suspended against Salernitana last weekend but will return to the Giallorossi line-up this time. Despite being back on the bench in recent times, Leonardo Spinazzola is unlikely to play a part in the game on Monday.
Napoli (4-3-3): Ospina; Zanoli, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Rui; Anguissa, Lobotka, Ruiz; Lozano, Osimhen, Insigne
Roma (3-4-2-1): Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Cristante, Oliveira, Zalewski; Zaniolo, Pellegrini; Abraham