Sunday March 18 2018
Line-ups: Napoli-Genoa

Napoli bring out the big guns against Goran Pandev’s Genoa, as a win would put them within two points of leaders Juventus.

It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, follow the build-up and action from this game and Lazio-Bologna on the LIVEBLOG.

The Partenopei were given a Scudetto assist last night when SPAL held Juve to a surprise 0-0 draw, ending the Bianconeri’s run of 12 consecutive Serie A victories.

It’s an opportunity Maurizio Sarri can ill afford to ignore, but his men picked up only one point from their last two games against Roma and Inter.

Vlad Chiriches and Faouzi Ghoulam are still out injured, so it’s the usual XI with Marek Hamsik in midfield, Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon leading the attack.

Genoa are still smarting after a last-gasp defeat to Milan decided by Andre Silva’s header.

Armando Izzo – a native Neapolitan – and Miguel Veloso are out injured, with Giuseppe Rossi and Adel Taarabt not 100 per cent fit.

It means Pandev leads the way against his old club with Diego Laxalt and Andrey Galabinov.

Davide Ballardini’s side are not to be underestimated, as they beat Lazio and Inter in recent weeks.

Genoa haven’t beaten Napoli since a 3-2 result at Marassi in January 2012, managing three stalemates in 11 meetings, home and away. Their last success at the San Paolo was 1-0 in February 2009.

The two clubs and their fans are twinned, so there should be a good atmosphere at the San Paolo, albeit not a large crowd.

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

Genoa: Perin; Biraschi, Spolli, Zukanovic; Rosi, Lazovic, Bertolacci, Hiljemark, Laxalt; Pandev, Galabinov

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