Tuesday, February 4, 2014

AS Roma vs SSC Napoli 04-02-2014 Coppa Italia

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After starting 2014 with a demoralising 3-0 defeat against runaway leaders Juventus, the "Giallorossi" have been spurred into life with five consecutive victories. They have registered 11 home wins in 13 games this season and just two goals conceded. Roma did remarkably well to eliminate Juventus in the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup and they are certainly brimming with confidence ahead of the Napoli game.
Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman have both overcome from their respective injuries. As Dodò and Federico Balzaretti are injured, Vasilis Torosidis is expected to start at left-back, while Miralem Pjanic faces a late fitness test. Roma's last round of Serie A against Parma was postponed due to a bad weather so they will be fresher than opponents.
Third-placed Napoli suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat at Atalanta last Sunday and now they took just two points from last three league fixtures. Rafael Benitez put himself forward for much of the blame with a bit of the famed Rafa rotation, benching Marek Hamsik and Gonzalo Higuain with this Coppa fixture in mind.
The visitors are likely to be without long-term absentees Behrami, Zuniga and Mesto. New signings Henrique and Faouzi Ghoulam could play some part.
Napoli have only managed two victories in the last seven on the road, losing the two clashes against Roma held at the Stadio Olimpico in the past 12 months.

Possible line-ups: 
AS Roma (4-3-3): De Sanctis – Maicon, Benatia, Castan, Torosidis – Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman – Florenzi, Totti, Gervinho.
SSC Napoli (4-2-3-1): Reina – Maggio, Britos, Albiol, Ghoulam – Inler, Jorginho – Insigne, Hamsik, Mertens – Higuain.

AS Roma vs SSC Napoli: Competition: Coppa Italia
Match date: 4 February 2014
Kick Off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Italy

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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