Roma vs. Napoli Preview – Prediction, Team news, Lineups

In a highly anticipated Saturday night showdown, Italian football giants Roma and Napoli are set to clash at Stadio Olimpico, both seeking redemption after recent defeats.

The two southern powerhouses are separated by a mere two points in the Serie A standings, making this encounter a crucial one in the race for a top-four finish.

Match Preview:

After a promising run of three wins in four league matches, Roma’s fortunes took a downturn with just one point from their last two fixtures—a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina and a 2-0 defeat to Bologna.

Jose Mourinho’s side, currently eighth in the table, faces a significant challenge against Napoli, a team they haven’t defeated in their last 13 league meetings with top-five teams.

Roma’s home form, however, remains impressive, with 13 Serie A victories at Stadio Olimpico in 2023, second only to Inter Milan.

Despite this, Mourinho’s men must overcome a recent goal drought against Napoli, having failed to score in their last three home games against the Partenopei.

Napoli, boasting the second-best away record in Serie A, arrives in Rome on the back of a 2-1 victory over Cagliari.

Their only setback came in a surprising 4-0 Coppa Italia defeat to Frosinone, raising questions about their home form.

Walter Mazzarri, Napoli’s coach, will reach a milestone of 500 games in Serie A, adding an extra layer of significance to this encounter.

Team News:

Roma welcomes back Romelu Lukaku from suspension, a key presence as they aim to capitalize on their strong home form.

Napoli, despite a midweek Coppa Italia setback, is expected to field a formidable XI, including Victor Osimhen, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, and Matteo Politano in their attacking trident.

Possible Starting Lineups:

Roma: (3-5-2)

Patricio;

Mancini, Llorente, Ndicka;

Kristensen, Cristante, Paredes, Bove, Zalewski;

El Shaarawy, Lukaku

Napoli: (4-3-3)

Meret;

Di Lorenzo, Natan, Rrahmani, Rui;

Anguissa, Lobotka, Zielinski;

Politano, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia

Prediction: Roma 1-0 Napoli

Roma’s strong home record and the return of key players like Romelu Lukaku might tip the scales in their favor. Expect a tight match, but Roma might edge a narrow victory against Napoli at Stadio Olimpico.

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