It's the Derby del Sole! This is one of the more interesting derbies in Italy, especially in the south. This rivalry has been soured in the last year, though, thanks to the clashes between Roma and Napoli fans in Rome before the Coppa Italia final last year and the death of Ciro Esposito. Hopefully things stay more ... civil this time around.
If you've been struggling to find a club in Italy having a harder time than Napoli lately, then look no further. They've won just three times in the league since the new year and have effectively fallen out of the title race in that time. Now they're busy fending off Lazio and Sampdoria and -- if they can stop their own slide -- Napoli from passing them in second place.
Roma are a little beaten up right now, with several defenders either out or carrying injuries, and their captain and icon Francesco Totti is out as well. The saying in the Roma fan base is "no Totti, no party," and hopefully that holds firm today.
Don't ^#@%ing lose
Look. Napoli are in poor form. They're slipping in the table, in fifth place with sixth-place Fiorentina right behind. They simply cannot afford another setback right now. I could go on and on, but it's very late and the match is horrifyingly early tomorrow for those of us on the west coast of the U.S., so I'll leave it at this: don't. #!%&ing. lose.
Projected Lineups Sure To Be Wrong
AS Roma: De Sanctis; Torosidis, Astori, Manolas, Cole; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Pjanic; Florenzi, Ljajic, Iturbe
Napoli: Andujar; Maggio, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Lopez, Inler; Mertens, Gabbiadini, De Guzman; Higuain
At A Glance
AS Roma: 2nd; 14W 11D 3L; League Form: WLDDDD
Napoli: 5th; 13W 8D 7L; League Form: DLDLWL
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