Napoli travel to Bologna to take on a Felsinei side they’re heavily favored to beat by the pundits, the experts, and everyone else. Last year, the Partenopei won this fixture by a staggering score of 1-7, and the reverse by 3-1; clearly, Maurizio Sarri has figured out some weaknesses in Roberto Donadoni’s defensive scheme. There were also three red cards in the two matches between these teams last year, so it could get heated.
Both managers have made some surprising choices in the lineups. Donadoni has added Rodrigo Palacio at the expense of a midfielder, moving to a 4-2-3-1 lineup that may end up looking more like a 4-4-2. Sarri has handed starts to Vlad Chiriches and Allan, and will welcome Elseid Hysaj back into the defense after a suspension. The front three is as usual.
There wouldn’t be a better wedding gift to Conor Dowley than a win here—not that he’s watching on his honeymoon or anything—so somebody should let the lads know the importance of this match. All that’s left now is to sit back and enjoy the match, and hopefully the win.
Bologna (4-2-3-1): Mirante; Krafth, Helander, Maietta, Masina; Poli, Pulgar; Di Francesco, Palacio, Verdi; Destro
Napoli (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Chiriches, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne
Match info, plus how to watch on TV and stream
Match date/time: Sunday, 2:45 PM ET, 8:45 PM local
Venue: Stadio Renato dall’Ara, Bologna, Italy
TV: Sky Calcio 1 (Italy), BT Sport 1 (UK)
Online: beIN Sports Connect (U.S.), Sky Go Italia, Premium Play (Italy), BT Sport Live (UK)
Listings for more countries can be found at LiveSoccerTV.