NEWS
Friday December 29 2017
Line-ups: Crotone-Napoli

Napoli are pulling no punches as they aim to become Serie A Winter Champions and visit Crotone with a full-strength side.

It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, follow the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG.

The Partenopei are top of the Serie A table, one point ahead of Juventus, so a win at the Stadio Scida would ensure they are leaders at the midway point of the season.

That would make them Campioni d’Inverno – Winter Champions – a traditional step towards the Scudetto.

Arkadiusz Milik and Faouzi Ghoulam are still long-term absentees, with Mario Rui suspended, so Christian Maggio steps in at right-back, moving Elseid Hysaj over to the left.

There’s no rest for the usual suspects, including Marek Hamsik, Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne.

After a blip that saw them crash out of the Champions League, lose to Juventus and draw with Fiorentina, Maurizio Sarri’s men appear to have rediscovered their usual form with back-to-back victories over Torino and Sampdoria.

Crotone are still in the danger zone and were shaken by the sudden resignation of Coach Davide Nicola, but Walter Zenga is starting to make an impact.

They beat Chievo 1-0 in their last home game and held out for almost an hour against Lazio before eventually capitulating 4-0.

Arlind Ajeti is suspended with Daniel Pavlovic, Mariano Izco, Andrea Nalini and Marco Tumminello injured.

Crotone: Cordaz; Faraoni, Simic, Ceccherini, Martella; Rohden, Barberis, Mandragora; Trotta, Budimir, Stoian

Crotone bench: Festa, Viscovo, Aristoteles, Kragl, Suljic, Pavlovic, Cuomo, Tonev, Borello, Sampirisi, Crociata, Simy

Napoli: Reina; Maggio, Koulibaly, Albiol, Hysaj; Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne

Napoli bench: Rafael, Sepe, Scarf, Giaccherini, Leandrinho, Maksimovic, Zielinski, Chiriches, Rog, Ounas, Diawara

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