Napoli vs Roma Serie A Preview

Napoli vs Roma Preview: Dzeko-in-the-Box to pop a surprise

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.

Midweek Warmup

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. Read More

Roma vs Lazio Serie A Preview

Roma vs Lazio Preview: Get set for a cracking Derby della Capitale

As rivalries go, there are few bigger ones than the Derby della Capitale.

Arguably the fiercest city derby in the country, the Rome derby is also one of the most hotly contested matches in Europe.

Until a couple of days ago it seemed the first meeting between Rome’s greatest sides – Roma and Lazio – would be a one-sided affair with Roma struggling to hit top gear and Lazio going on a full-throttle stretch, but the midweek Serie A round set the tone right for Saturday’s encounter.

Win-less since the opening day of the season and their 1-0 victory at Torino, Giallorossi lost three matches – including the Champions League opener at Santiago Bernabeu – and were held to a frustrating 2-2 stalemate against Chievo. With an axe hanging over manager Eusebio Di Francesco’s neck, Roma needed an instant response and that’s exactly what their fans got. Read More

Juventus vs Napoli Serie A Preview

Juventus vs Napoli Preview: Tactical conundrums for top two

As Serie A drew to a close last season, fans of Italian football were treated to something of a rarity: a title challenge that went to the wire. Having beaten Juventus at the Allianz Stadium in Gameweek 34, Napoli found themselves one point off the top of the table with four games to go. In their next two games, though, they failed to beat Fiorentina and Torino, whimpering to a second-place finish five points behind I Bianconeri who picked up a seventh consecutive scudetto.

With the new season six games old, there is already a sense of déjà vu at the top table of Italian football. Juventus find themselves three points clear of Napoli at the top of Serie A as they head into their clash on Saturday. According to FiveThirtyEight’s predictive model, Juventus have a 63% chance of ending up at the top of Serie A come the end of the season, a figure that dwarves the 21% ascribed to their next closest challenger, Napoli. However the championship plays out this year, you can almost be certain that one of these two teams will be declared the winners by the time May swings around. Read More

Steven N’Zonzi

Roma vs Atalanta Preview: Giallorossi Ready to Unleash Steven N’Zonzi

Fresh off the back of a nail-biting 1-0 win over Torino in their Serie A opener last week, Roma play host to Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta on Monday night.

The Giallorossi are now in for their first home test – a proper one it might be added – and will be hoping their summer recruit Steven N’Zonzi will be fit to make his Calcio bow and help Roma grab another three points. The former Sevilla star is one of the high-profile players Roma brought in this summer as the Monchi model is slowly taking shape at the Stadio Olimpico. Read More