Napoli’s Serie A ambitions will be put to a stern test this weekend, as they travel to take on their bogey team Atalanta.
Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:
The hosts are yet to reprise the highs of last season, but are slowly capturing their best form. Having qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League and progressing in the Coppa Italia at the expense of Napoli, Atalanta will look to climb from their seventh position in SA.
Napoli have put all their efforts into SA with the sole aim of toppling Juventus. The Champions League is out of the window now and so is the Coppa Italia, although they would have loved a domestic double! One-point clear at the top in SA looks slender, though, and Napoli know the importance of winning this game.
Atalanta’s home record in SA has been a mixed bag in ten matches (W5, D3, L2), during which they scored 19 goals (avg. of 1.9). Coming into this match, they have lost only once in their last seven SA games (W4, D2, L1).
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Key battles: With four goals and five assists in SA so far, Atalanta’s Alejandro Gomez has seen his stock rise exponentially. Will he trip the leaders?
He will be up against Napoli’s Dries Mertens whose ten goals and six assists have been influential in his side’s early season run.
Stat attack: Atalanta have lost only once at home in six SA games against Napoli (W3, D2, L1). They lost their last home game against Cagliari and the last time they lost two in a row was in March 2016.
Atalanta: M. De Roon (suspension)
Napoli: F. Ghoulam (knee injury), A. Milik (knee injury)