It's time. Napoli must get some form of positive result today against Trabzonspor, be it a win or a scoring draw. No matter what, goals are a must. Not giving them up would be nice too, but we're not holding our breath on that account.
Mariano Andujar starts in goal in place of the beleaguered Rafael Cabral, who has been under a constant barrage of criticism and beratement from media and fans since he gave up the first goal against Palermo. Which is a shame, because before that moment he'd been quite good for a long time, but The Narrative doesn't really give a hoot about facts. They just get in the way.
Henrique also starts in place of Christian Maggio, perhaps signaling a conservative intent for this match, or just signaling that Maggio needed a rest, which would be hard to argue with. Gonzalo Higuain also starts at striker, likely a shift in prior plans thanks to his suspension coming up this weekend against Sassuolo.
Trabzonspor, for their part, appear to be going with as full-strength a lineup as they can at the moment with their own injuries and suspensions. One key to watch will be Dries Mertens out on Napoli's left wing; he'll be matched up against Jose Bosingwa, who's carrying a minor thigh injury and isn't as fast or capable at marking tricky players as he once was even when he's healthy. If Mertens can exploit that, it could be huge for Napoli.
Trabzonspor: Hakan Arikan; Bosingwa, Aykut Demir, Medjani, Ishak Dogan; Sefa Yilmaz, Ozer Hurmaci, Fatih Atik, Erkan Zengin, Soner Aydogdu; Oscar Cardozo
Bench: Ibrahim Demir, Salih Dursun, Zeki Yavru, Musa Nizam
Napoli: Andujar; Henrique, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Inler, Gargano; Gabbiadini, De Guzman, Mertens; Higuain
Bench: Rafael, Britos, Maggio, Hamsik, Lopez, Callejon, Zapata