Napoli host Chievo Verona at the Stadio San Paolo looking to bounce back from a disappointing draw at midweek and rebuild momentum ahead of next Wednesday’s Champions League match against Benfica. That might be easier said than done, though, because Chievo have, somehow, been a solid side this season that needs to be taken seriously.
Despite that, though, Napoli have rotated heavily, with Maurizio Sarri going with a similar lineup to what we’ve seen ahead of big matches already this season. Arkadiusz Milik, Dries Mertens, Allan, and Elseid Hysaj all head to the bench with Manolo Gabbiadini, Lorenzo Insigne, Piotr Zielinski, and Christian Maggio all coming into the lineup.
This is a big chance for Gabbiadini to show Sarri and Napoli something, and if he doesn’t put in a better performance in this match it could be one of his last chances to do so. While many fans are already giving up on him, it would obviously be better to see him do well, for the sake of the team and their depth. Mertens could be heading to the bench for form as much as rest, as he’s been shaky in his last two starts and not as effective at helping create as Lorenzo Insigne has been in his place, though Insigne has struggled when taking chances for himself. Hopefully Napoli’s Little General can find the back of the net, because his confidence could use the boost.
And no matter what, don’t let Jonathan De Guzman beat you. That would just be embarrassing.
Napoli: Reina; Maggio, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Zielinski, Jorginho, Hamsik; Insigne, Gabbiadini, Callejon
Chievo: Sorrentino; Cacciatore, Dainelli, Cesar, Gobbi; Castro, Radovanovic, Hetemaj; Birsa; Meggiorini, Inglese
TV: BT Sport 3 (U.K.), Sky Calcio 1, Sky Sport 1 HD Italia (Italy), RAI International
Online: beIN Sports Connect (U.S.), BT Sport Live Streaming (U.K.), Sky Go Italia (Italy)