Monday January 16 2012
Line-ups: Napoli-Bologna

Goran Pandev and Edinson Cavani lead the way as Napoli welcome Bologna in tonight’s Serie A Week 18 closer.

The round is finished off this evening with a 19.45 UK time kick-off at the Stadio San Paolo.

Ezequiel Lavezzi is still injured, so Pandev starts with Cavani and Marek Hamsik in the traditional 3-4-2-1 system.

Bologna have a long list of absentees, including Alessandro Diamanti, Panagiotis Kone, Simone Loria and the suspended Daniele Portanova.

Coach Stefano Pioli has decided to mirror Napoli’s system with a three-man defence, while Robert Acquafresca and debutant Saphir Taider support Marco Di Vaio, as Gaston Ramirez is not 100 per cent fit.

There was a moving moment before the game, as Christian Maggio handed a number 58 shirt to Paolo Simoncelli, the father of MotoGP star Marco Simoncelli, who died last year during a race. Hundreds of blue balloons will also be released in the stadium as a mark of respect for the Napoli supporter everyone knew as Sic, who would’ve turned 25 this week.

Napoli: De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica; Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Dossena; Hamsik, Pandev; Cavani

Napoli bench:Rosati, Fernandez, Britos, Zuniga, Donadel, Dzemaili, Vargas

Bologna: GilletRaggi, Antonsson, Cherubin; Pulzetti, Perez, Mudingayi, Morleo; Taider; Acquafresca, Di Vaio

Bologna bench:Agliardi, Garics, Khrin, Ramirez, Crespo, Rubin, Gimenez


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