On Friday, Napoli hosts Juventus in a match that could potentially decide who is crowned champions of Italian top flight football.
- Mike Collett / Reuters
Napoli have been keeping pace with a dominant Juventus team for the entire season and look well positioned to contend for a full three points when Juventus travels to the Stadio San Paolo in Naples.
Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri will be waiting on word for Alessandro Gamberini, who will be assessed before the game. Should Gamberini be unavailable for the match, Miguel Britos may have the opportunity to start.
After the strong start Napoli showed during the beginning of the season, Partenopei has faltered in recent weeks and may look to add new faces to the starting eleven players. Some of those rumored changes involve Giandonmenico Mesto and Pablo Armero, who may be replaced by Christian Maggio and Juan Zuniga after recent poor showings.
For league leaders Juventus and manager Antonio Conte, their focus is squarely on raising the Scudetto at the end of the season.
The club can feel confident heading into Friday's match knowing they have a near-full squad to select from. Trainers cleared Giorgio Chiellini after suffering an injury that has seen him sidelined since December.
Conte will have to deal the absence of Paolo De Ceglie, Nicklas Bendtner and Simone Pepe, who will all be unavailable for the match, but Nicolas Anelka and Martin Caceres could make an appearance off the bench if the situation presents itself.
Recent history is not on Napoli's side, given that club has failed to win any of its last five matches in all competitions, while drawing its last three consecutive matches in Serie A.
But the team may find inspiration from the fact that Partenopei has not lost to Juventus at home since October 2000.
Kick-off for the match is at 2:45p.m. It can be watched online here.