Nov 1, 2014 at 2pm UK at ​Stadio San Paolo
Napoli
2-0
Roma
Higuain (3'), Callejon (85')
Maggio (40'), Lopez (68')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Cholevas (26'), Florenzi (42'), Nainggolan (73')

Preview: Napoli vs. Roma

Sports Mole looks ahead to Saturday's Serie A clash between Napoli and Roma.

Napoli failed to take the opportunity to move into the top three of the Serie A table in midweek, and face the difficult task of moving up this weekend when they take on title contenders Roma.

Rafael Benitez's job was thought to be under threat earlier this season, but the former Liverpool boss has guided an unbeaten six-match record in Italy's top flight.

The seventh-placed side were close to taking nothing away from their clash against Atalanta BC on Wednesday evening until Gonzalo Higuain struck in the 86th minute to equalise.

Napoli had the chance to win the game when they were awarded a penalty in stoppage time, but the former Real Madrid man had his effort saved.

Last season, Napoli were beaten 2-0 by Roma on away turf, but managed to seal a 1-0 victory at home, which is the last time the two clubs faced each other.

For Roma, Rudi Garcia's side have emerged as title contenders due to having just one blemish on their league record so far after nine games - a 3-2 defeat to league leaders Juventus.

Despite losing to the Old Lady earlier this month, Roma are equal on 22 points with their rivals, and both clubs have plus 12 goals, but Garcia's side arguably have a tougher fixture against Napoli while Juve face Empoli, who are lingering above the relegation zone.

Mattia Destro and Daniele de Rossi found the scoresheet in Roma's 2-0 win over Cesena on Wednesday, and both are likely to keep their places for this weekend's encounter.

For the home side, Higuain and Jose Callejon are expected to provide the attacking threat on Saturday.

Recent form

Napoli: DWWDWD

Roma: WWLWDW

Possible starting lineups

Napoli: Rafael; Ghoulam, Koulibaly, Albiol, Maggio; Mertens, Hamsik, Inler, David Lopez; Callejon, Higuain

Roma: Skorupski; Torosidis, Manolas, Astori, Cole; Pjanic, De Rossi, Keita; Iturbe, Destro, Gervinho

Sports Mole says: 2-2

Who will win Saturday's Serie A match between Napoli and Roma?

Napoli
Roma
Draw
Napoli
37.5%
Roma
39.1%
Draw
23.4%
Rafael Benitez head coach of Napoli during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off first leg match between SSC Napoli and Athletic Club on August 19, 2014
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Napoli21173145133254
2Juventus21172250153553
3Inter Milan21127236162043
4Lazio20125348242441
5Roma20124431151640
6Sampdoria209473629731
7AC Milan219482728-131
8Atalanta BCAtalanta218673127430
9Fiorentina217862921829
10Torino2161142827129
11Udinese209293327629
12Bologna2174102330-725
13AC Chievo VeronaChievo215882032-1223
14SassuoloSassuolo2164111330-1722
15Genoa2156101623-721
16CagliariCagliari2162131933-1420
17SPALSPAL2137112138-1716
18Crotone2144131338-2516
19Hellas VeronaHellas Verona2135131841-2314
20BeneventoBenevento2122171343-308
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