As Napoli face Bologna coming off a big Champions League win, Napoli fans at the Stadio San Paolo will be seeing a slightly different partenopei side in this match. Several starters from that midweek triumph against Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine were rested, giving Napoli's newly-improved depth its first good test of the season.
Each of Manolo Gabbiadini, Lorenzo Insigne, Piotr Zielinski, and Ivan Strinic make their way into the lineup, replacing Arkadiusz Milik, Dries Mertens, Allan, and Faouzi Ghoulam, respectively. This is actually the second straight league start for Zielinski and Insigne, who both played well in Napoli's big win over Palermo last weekend. This is Gabbiadini's first return to the lineup since being benched after a poor performance in Napoli's season-opening draw to Pescara, though he's looked better lately coming off the bench, and Milik could use a rest. Strinic is something of a wild card -- he's a good left back in his own right, but injuries and Ghoulam's quality have often kept him on the bench, so we'll have to see what kind of form he can find today.
Notably absent from the lineup is Nikola Maksimovic, who fans were hoping to see replace Raul Albiol after the Spaniard had a rough day against Dynamo. The Serbian still seems to be searching for fitness after his long holdout from Torino training, though, so his debut will have to wait. In a similar situation is Amadou Diawara, who held out from Bologna training before his Napoli transfer, though he'll be hoping to debut off the bench against his former team.
As for Bologna themselves, only one name really stands out: Blerim Dzemaili. Miss you, Dzei.
Napoli: Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Strinic; Zielinski, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Gabbiadini, Insigne
Bologna: Da Costa; Krafth, Gastaldello, Oikonomou, Torosidis; Dzemaili, Nagy, Taider; Di Francesco, Verdi, Krejci
TV: beIN Sports (U.S.), BT Sport 2 (U.K.), Sky Calcio 1, Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, PremiumSport HD (Italy)
Online: beIN Sports Connect (U.S.), Sky Go Italia (Italy)
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