The Derby del Sole is always one of the most stressful matches on the Napoli calendar, and with Napoli sitting in first place in Serie A and AS Roma trying to overcome a shaky start to the season, there’s a lot of weight on this particular round of one of Napoli’s biggest rivalries, especially with both clubs preparing for huge Champions League matches midweek.
Both clubs have won five straight matches in all competitions and been immensely impressive of late, but Napoli’s dominance has had a special edge. Their passing game has been on another level of late, drawing memories and comparisons to Barcelona at their recent peak, and this will be their toughest test to date this season. It’s going to be a long, brutal match, because if there’s one team that can play a similar tactical style and test Napoli’s mettle with it, it’s Roma.
In a very real way, this is the real start to Napoli’s season. Succeed here, and it will give Napoli a big and important kick of confidence and momentum at a crucial time, with a series of huge matches looming over the next several weeks. Lose, and their momentum is seriously threatened at a bad time, because they need all the confidence and momentum that they can get with two matches against Manchester City and a visit from Inter Milan on deck in the coming weeks.
With a stand-out performance, this has the potential to be a season-defining moment for Napoli. There’s no excuse not to go all-out from the first whistle — the team is rested, and this is the exact kind of match they have to step up for in order to make a real title push. Succeed today, and they can put themselves in a position to succeed at the end of the season.
Match info, plus how to watch on TV and stream
Match Date/Time: Saturday, 2:45 p.m. ET, 8:45 p.m. local
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
TV: Sky Calcio 1, PremiumSport HD, Sky Sport 1 HD (Italy), BT Sport 3 (U.K.), RAI International
Online: beIN Sports Connect (U.S.), Sky Go Italia (Italy), BT Sport Live (U.K.)
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