Serie A PREVIEW | Napoli vs Roma

The Neapolitan express welcomes Jose Mourinho’s Romans to the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Sunday’s late kick-off.

Sitting pretty at the top of the table, Napoli continued their charge toward Scudetto glory as they won their third consecutive game in the league last week against Cremonese.

Roma meanwhile can move within 10 points of Napoli with a win, and up to second if results elsewhere go their way.

The Napoli title win, seems like a formality and a win here would only add to that sentiment, with the pack behind all separated by one point, a win here could be the win that almost ensures a lead too big to lose.

Roma have strung together a solid run of form, unbeaten in their last seven games in the league, a run which has put them into contention for a return to Champions League football next season.

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Luciano Spalletti should have a full injury free squad list to pick from, as Khvicha Kvaratskhelia returns from illness to reform the attacking trident which has been so potent this season.

Roma have a selection headache on their hands down their right side, with Rick Karsdorp remaining out in the cold, with Zeki Celik also out serving a suspension for an accumulation of red cards. Captain Lorenzo Pellegrini is expected to return in midfield to partner Paulo Dybala behind the striker. Nicolo Zaniolo will also be absent due to his falling out in the wake of his Milan move falling apart. Long-term patient Georginio Wijnaldum remains out of commission.

Napoli predicted XI | Meret; Di Lorenzo, Kim, Rrahmani, Rui; Anguissa, Lobotka, Zielinski; Lozano, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia.

Roma predicted XI | Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Zalewski, Cristante, Matic, El Shaarawy; Pellegrini, Dybala; Abraham.

Prediction | Napoli 1-0 Roma; Two of the leagues best defences are on show here, and therefore a high scoring game is probably not on the cards. Therefore it is possible that one goal for either side could be enough, with GIFN predicting Napoli will continue their streak.

Jonathan Maze | GIFN

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