Sunday at 15 Empoli-Naples and Bologna-Udinese
“We have to keep working and be ready every Sunday. It’s too important to think about the Scudetto for us, for all the staff, for the whole city. We mustn’t give up, we have to keep fighting” . Alex Meret said so in an interview with Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, keeping Napoli’s hopes of a comeback alive. “It certainly hurts – he explains, referring to Roma’s draw on the restart – to take such a goal in the last minutes, victory was one step away, but you have to accept it, be more careful and start again immediately. The state of mind of the group You have to be positive. Now it’s more difficult to reach the goal of the Scudetto, but you must not stop being a perfectionist and go out on the field to win games.”
BOLOGNA-UDINESE WITHOUT ARNAUTOVIC AND BETO
Emergency disqualification, in Bologna, for the match scheduled for Sunday at Dall’Ara with Udinese. Defense and attack to be reviewed for Mihajlovic and his staff, after the direct reds remedied with Juventus by Soumaoro (1 day off) and Medel (2 days, the club filed an appeal to obtain the reduction to one round) and the warning against Arnautovic, which triggered the stoppage. The Bonifazi and Binks engines are warming up for the back, while in attack there should be room for the Barrow-Orsolini couple. Samson, meanwhile, returned to training after missing the last challenge due to the flu. For the first leg in Bologna, Cioffi will have Molina, who has served his suspension, but not Beto and Pereyra, who are still injured. For the attack, Success is the suspect playing from 1′ next to Deulofeu, while Walace, Arslan and Makengo are expected to play in midfield. In defense, in the logic of turnover – and given the two other challenges in seven days with Fiorentina and Inter – a chance for Nuytinck, but also Zeegelaar is playing his cards, perhaps to the detriment of Udogie, who is appeared tired.
POSSIBLE FORMATIONS OF EMPOLI-NAPLES
Empoli (4-3-2-1): 13 Vicar; 30 Stojanovic, 6 Romagnols, 42 Viti, 65 Parisi; Zurkowski, 23 Asllani, 25 Bandinelli; 10 Bajrami, 11 DiFrancesco; 99 Pinamonti (1 Ujkani, 22 Furlan, 34 Ismajli, 20 Fiamozzi, 33 Luperto, 15 Benassi, 21 Cacace, 5 Stulac, 8 Henderson, 7 Glass, 9 Cutrone, 19 La Mantia). Coach: Andreazzoli. Disqualified: none. Attention: Marchizza, Tonelli, Bandinelli. Not available: Haas, Marchizza, Tonelli.
Napoli (4-2-3-1): 25 Ospina, 59 Zanoli, 13 Rrahmani, 5 Juan Jesus, 6 Mario Rui, 99 Anguissa, 4 Demme, 8 Ruiz, 21 Politano, 9 Osimhen, 24 Insigne. (1 Meret, 12 Marfella, 22 Di Lorenzo, 2 Malcuit, 3 Tuanzebe, 31 Ghoulam, 7 Elmas, 20 Zielinski, 33 Ounas, 11 Lozano, 14 Mertens, 37 Petagna). Coach: Spalletti. Suspended: Koulibay. Warning: Demme. Unavailable: Lobotka.
Referee: Marinelli from Tivoli. Snai odds: 5.25; 4.00; 1.60.
THE PROBABLE FORMATIONS OF BOLOGNA-UDINESE
Bologna (3-5-2): 28 Skorupski, 4 Bonifazi, 2 Binks, 6 Theate, 3 Hickey, 8 Dominguez, 30 Schouten, 21 Soriano, 35 Dijks, 7 Orsolini, 99 Barrow. (12 Molla, 22 Bardi, 15 Mbaye, 71 Kasius, 29 De Silvestri, 14 Viola, 20 Aebischer, 32 Svanberg, 55 Vignato, 10 Sansone, 19 Santander, 91 Falcinelli). Coach: Mihajlovic. Suspended: Arnautovic, Medel, Soumaoro. Warning: Soriano. Unavailable: Kingsley. Udinese (3-5-2): 1 Silvestri; 50 Becao, 22 Pablo Marì, 17 Nuytinck; 16 Molina, 5 Arslan, 11 Walace, 6 Makengo, 13 Udogie; 7 Success, 10 Deulofeu. (20 Padelli, 31 Gasparini, 2 Perez, 4 Zeegelaar, 28 Benkovic, 93 Soppy, 8 Jajalo, 24 Samardzic, 37 Pereyra 23 Pussetto, 30 Nestorovski). Trainer: Cioffi. Disqualified: none. Attention: Becao, Makengo, Perez, Soppy. Unavailable: Beto. Referee: Santoro from Messina. Snai odds: 2.85; 3.20; 2.55.