After making it to the Round of 16 Champions League, Napoli will turn their attention to Parma for the Serie A clash. The match is scheduled to take place 14th December at the Sao Paulo stadium with kickoff at20:00 GMT.
Napoli made headlines this week following the sacking of coach Carlo Ancelotti. Trouble has been brewing in the camp’s side with a couple of unhappy players. However, the sacking despite securing a chance to the Champion’s league is seen to revive the squad.
Coach Gattusso has been appointment the new head coach to guide the side for a Serie A contention. The side are currently 7th in the Serie A with 21 points. The side has failed to register a single win in their past 7 Serie A matches.
Parma on the other hand are tied with same points as Napoli. Separated with a goal difference of only two, Roberto D’aversa side will be keen on breaking the tie. The team has managed to register 2 wins in their last 7 matches.
With the change in the management spark a new momentum for Napoli under new head coach Gattuso? Will Parma take advantage of the woes at the Naples are break off from the tie?
Napoli vs. Parma Head to Head
Both sides have played 18 matches together with the Naples picking up11 wins while Parma securing 5 wins. 2 games have ended in a draw between the sides. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Parma 0-4 Napoli
Napoli 3-0 Parma
Parma 2-2 Napoli
Napoli 2-0 Parma
Parma 1-0 Napoli
Napoli 0-1 Parma
Parma 1-2 Napoli
Napoli 3-1 Parma
Napoli Team News
Long term injured left back Kevin Malcuit remains on the sidelines after picking up a cruciate ligament fracture. Other injury woes include Faouzi Ghoulam with a muscle injury, Lorenzo Tonelli with an unknown injury and Nikola Maksimovic with thigh problems.
Forward Milik was on point during the champion’s league as he netted his fastest hat trick that ensured that side passed to the Round of 16. Mertens has been a doubt with his future on the line without any contact offered.
Parma Team News
The injuries woes on the side includes the unavailability of center forward Roberto Inglese who suffered a distortion of the ankle. On the sidelines will also be Yann Karamouh who suffered a torn lateral collateral ligament. To add to the injuries, is with the suspension of Luca Siligardi till end of the year.
Prediction and Odds
This will be a highly intense match to see which side breaks off the tie with a win. Napoli head into the game as favorites with new head coach.
Both teams to score