Napoli – Hellas Verona
Napoli welcomes Hellas Verona at the Stadio San Paolo in a game from the 8th round of the Serie A.
Napoli are approaching this match from being 4th in the league with 13 points won, already 6 points behind the leader Juventus. In their last game the Azzurri visited Torino at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, going home with just one point after a 0-0 draw. In the second half the manager Carlo Ancelotti tried to increase his team’s power in attack, but even the inclusion of Fernando Llorente and Jose Callejon didn’t lead to what Ancelotti was hoping for.
Right now Napoli are without a win in their last two games in all competitions. Before the draw against Torino, they made another 0-0 draw – against Genk in the Champions League. In their last four matches, Napoli have scored just two goals, which means that Carlo Ancelotti must find what the problem is at the moment. He had two weeks to work on it, because there was an international break until recently.
In the same time Hellas Verona are in the middle of the standings, being 10th in the Serie A with 9 points won. Their record since the start of the season goes like this: 2 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses.
In the previous round Hellas Verona achieved their second win for the campaign. Ivan Juric’ boys hosted Sampdoria and enjoyed a 2-0 win at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi. Marash Kumbulla opened the score for Verona, while Sampdoria’s Nicola Murri scored himself an own goal. This result led to the sacking of Sampdoria’s manager Eusebio Di Francesco.
Right now Napoli are still in the Top 4 of the Serie A, but teams like Roma and Lazio are very close to them in the standings. The Azzurri must get back on the winning ways and this match at home against Hellas Verona is a good opportunity for this.