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Italian “Derby del Sole” – Napoli vs. Roma full team analysis


Week 27 of Seria A bring us two derby matches, both of these games will be played on Sunday. First is the game between Juventus (1st) vs. Fiorentina (4th) and second is “Derby del Sole” or “Derby of the Sun”.

That is the name of the games between Napoli and Roma, currently Roma is holding 2nd place with six points ahead of Napoli in 3rd place.

Games between these two clubs always bring us a lot of goals, so let’s hope this game will not be any different.
Napoli Info:
Napoli is team that likes to play very offensive; in their tactic is only one “score one more goal”. With this kind of play Napoli got second attack of Seria A (behind Juventus) with 51 goals scored.

On other hand defense is not the strongest part of the team, with 29 goals concealed that is more than 1 goal per game.

In terms of injury players Napoli boss Rafael Benitez will not have any big problems since only Rafael Cabaral and Juan Zuniga are currently on team injury list.

It is expected that Gonzalo Higuain and Raul Albiol will be back into starting IX after suspension.

If we look closely at Napoli players then Turkish midfielder Gokhan Inler is club best ranting player and Gonzalo Higuain is club best scorer and assistant.

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This season Rafa Benitez used only one tactic 4-2-3-1, so it is expected that Napoli will start that way on Sunday game:

Napoli Tactic
Napoli Tactic

AS Roma Info:
Roma had one of best start in history; they were at 100% for a long time. Even now they are doing great, especial if we know that before start of Seria A nobody give them any chance to be in Top 3.

Roma is a team that scores a lot (3rd attack of the league) and receive very little (best league defense).

Due to 3-match suspension Daniele De Rossi will not be in the squad for this game. Except him Federico Balzaretti is the only man on injury list, Roma captain and legend Francesco Totti is still under question mark about starting in this game.

Roma best ranting players are their defender, which is not a big surprise since we know that they got best defense of the league. Mehdi Benatia is club best ranting player and young forwarder Mattia Destro is club best goal scorer.

Interesting thing is that Destro played only 7 games and scored 6 times similar to him is club best assistant Francesco Totti with 7 assists from 12 appearances.

Rudi Garcia prefers attacking style, with that in mind Roma is mostly playing 4-3-3:

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Roma Tactic
Roma Tactic

If we look at head-to-head section for last six games, we can see that Napoli won two, Roma won three and one game end in draw.

If we take a closer look and compare them “Home vs. Away” then things are slightly different, Napoli won three, Roma won two and one game end in a draw.

Last six games bring us in total 22 goals, which is more than 3 per game. With this in mind we expect one good game this Sunday evening.

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