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Napoli vs. Atalanta, Coppa Italia style: Lineups and Match Talk

Rafa Benítez has made a few changes to the lineup from the side that beat Verona at the weekend, but Marek Hamšík does not make his anticipated return to the starting XI.

Giuseppe Bellini

Napoli haven't seen Atalanta since mid-September, when they defeated the visiting goddesses 2-0 at the San Paolo. There is no reason to think that Napoli couldn't do the same again tonight, with Atalanta's atrocious road form and the fact that the hosts are, well, a better side.

But this is Napoli. And this is Rafa Benítez. And sometimes, they really enjoy combining their talents to make sure the supporters panic over what should be a routine victory.

Given it's a Coppa match, there are a faces we rarely see making their appearance in the starting XI. Josip Radošević replaces Blerim Džemaili alongside Gokhan InlerAnthony Réveillère steps in, but not as expected - he's not in his favored right back position but is taking the place of Pablo Armero, while Christian Maggio gets another start. Goran Pandev starts once more (sigh) while Gonzalo Higuaín gets a rest in favor of Duván Zapata.

Oh, and Marek Hamšík doesn't start. Booo. But hey, at least David Moyes will go away unsatisfied.

As for the visitors, Andrea Consigli still has the chickenpox, which if that doesn't make you laugh nothing will. Some other dude starts in goal.

Napoli: Rafael; Maggio, Albiol, Britos, Réveillère; Inler, Radošević; Insigne, Pandev, Callejón; Zapata

Atalanta:Polito; Nica, Yepes, Benalouane, Del Grosso; Giorgi, Baselli, Cazzola, Kone; De Luca, Livaja