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Napoli v. Lazio: Lineups and Match Thread

Napoli v. Lazio: Lineups and Match Thread
Napoli v. Lazio: Lineups and Match Thread
Paolo Bruno

Napoli prepare to face off with Lazio in a match that could finally affirm a Champions League place for the partenopei, albeit just one in the playoff qualification round rather than going straight to the group stage. It's a wonder how low our aims have gotten in recent weeks.

Rafa has rotated his squad as expected, though not in the same way as was predicted. Marek Hamsik has been given a rest instead of Gonzalo Higuain, as well as Jose Callejon, Gokhan Inler, and Federico Fernandez. Given how shaky Valon Behrami and Miguel Britos have been in their most recent appearances, this could be a long day.

Fortunately for Napoli, Lazio's injury crisis means that their squad is significantly weakened, so much so that it appears Eddy Reja is operating without a true striker. Based on the way the squad was listed by the team's twitter account, it appears that Stefano Mauri will be used as a false nine, which should be amusing to see in action.

Napoli: Reina; Henrique, Albiol, Britos, Ghoulam; Jorginho, Behrami; Mertens, Pandev, Insigne; Higuain

Lazio: Berisha; Konko Ciani, Cana, Radu; Ledesma, Onazi, Lulic; Candreva, Mauri, Anderson

The match will start shortly at 3:00 PM CET/9:00 AM EST. Television coverage will be on Sky Sport 1 HD Italia in Italy, ESPN UK in the UK, and RAI Internazionale in America. Other live viewing options can be found here (links to illegal streams in the comments will be removed and repeat offenders banned), and as always, you can also follow along with us live on Twitter. If you haven't already, join the community on the Siren’s Song, and join in the discussion below!