The Serie A highlight fixture this weekend is Sunday night’s Derby del Sole.
Also known as the Derby of the Sun, Napoli vs Roma is traditionally a highly competitive event. A fierce football show is expected at Stadio San Paolo on Sunday as well, as both teams prepare to go head to head on the back of successful midweek outings.
The hosts put in a brave performance to put an end to PSG’s six-match winning run with the 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes, whereas Roma eased to a 3-0 home triumph against Russian heavyweights CSKA Moscow.
As the only unbeaten side in Champions League Group C, Napoli switch their focus back to Serie A. The Partenopei have been challenging Juventus for the coveted Scudetto title for years now. With Carlo Ancelotti at the helm this season they are aiming for the very top and it is Roma who stand as a real test to their title credentials.
The Romans have endured a mixed start to the season but it would appear as if the Giallorossi have finally found some consistency in their results of late. Bar the surprising 2-0 defeat at the hands of SPAL last week, Roma had been on a four-match winning streak and wasted no time in getting back on track thanks to the CSKA Moscow drubbing.
Dzeko Under Spotlight
The in-form Bosnia forward Edin Dzeko was once again the man of the hour for Roma. The former Manchester City striker bagged a first-half brace to send his team cruising towards victory and later went on to tee up Cengiz Under for the third. It can hardly come as a surprise to hear Dzeko topped the Twelve charts for the midweek match.
The 32-year-old played a pivotal role in his team’s win over CSKA Moscow and once again proved his overall influence for AS Roma across Europe’s elite club competition. Often being harshly described as lethargic, Edin Dzeko has the ability to pop up like a Jack-in-the-Box and spring a surprise to the unsuspecting public.
The Bosnian truly is an extraordinary player and much more than just a clinical finisher. Edin Dzeko’s contributions are easily described through his impressive work rate. He is the sort of a striker who gets the entire team playing, by bringing the ball down and producing service for his teammates.
Such a claim is easily supported by Twelve’s algorithm which paints a lovely picture of Dzeko’s movement and special defensive contributions. A toggle on the ‘Only important actions’ bar reveals an even more detailed insight, proving that the Bosnian has been an essential presence throughout Roma’s Champions League group stage.
With his brace against CSKA Moscow, the experienced front man has now been directly involved in more goals than any other player in the Champions League this season. He matched Leo Messi with five goals to his name but has also added an assist that puts him above any other player in the competition.
Numbers suggest Edin Dzeko rightfully deserves a big game player name-tag, and he will definitely will be the one to watch against Napoli. The Partenopei boast assets that could help them stifle the Bosnian and match his attacking potential but the player who scored eight goals in his last six games deserves all the credit he gets.