The Stadio Olimpico forms the backdrop for the 155th Serie A Derby del Sole between the top four runners-up Rome and Naples for the Scudetto. One of the most awaited matches on the Serie A calendar comes amid purple spots from both sides.
Atalanta’s 1-0 win over Olympique in mid-September was a wake-up call for Roma’s Jose Mourinho. They have since racked up three consecutive league victories by one goal margin, starting with a 2-1 victory over rivals Inter. Paulo Dybala, who inspired this success, later suffered another injury.
The Argentine striker strained his muscles in Roma’s 2-1 win over 10-man side Lecce in their last Serie A game. But Dybala’s absence did not hinder Gelorossi Momentum, as Lorenzo Pellegrini converted a ninth-minute penalty to edge past Sampdoria 1-0 on Monday.
Despite regretting the second-worst scoring record (13) of the teams currently in the top ten in Serie A, Mourinho’s men enjoy themselves in fourth place before kick-off. Roma should keep their footing on the pedal as they are on the verge of facing one of the most brilliant teams in Europe, not to mention Serie A.
Victor Osimhen celebrated his long-awaited return to the fold with a winning performance against Bologna last weekend. The Nigerian striker scored the winning goal as a second-half substitute to complete his side’s late 3-2 home win and maintain their start in the First Division (W8, D2).
It’s been a while since the people of Naples last got so excited about the club’s chances of raising the Scudetto for the first time since Diego Maradona’s glory days. Inspired by Serie A star Kvicha Kvaratskellia, Napoli have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with and will look to prove their credentials in Rome.
After winning their last three Serie A matches, Roma can reach four consecutive matches in the tournament for the first time under Mourinho. Despite entering this tour as minor aliens, Gelorossi They can draw confidence from their striking form in the domestic league in 2022. They have lost only two of their 13 Serie A matches at Olympique since the start of the year (W7, D4).
Except for the aforementioned defeat at the hands of Atalanta, Roma have won all three remaining home games this season, averaging two goals per game. However, with Dybala unavailable for selection, Mourinho will have to find another source of goals. The Portuguese manager may turn to underperforming top scorer Tammy Abraham to shoulder the burden of scoring.
Despite earning eight Serie A games and appearing in the remaining two as a substitute, the former Chelsea player has scored only twice this season. Abraham’s last league goal dates back to Roma’s 2-1 win over Empoli in mid-September, but now would be a great time to rediscover his form.
Last weekend’s victory over Bologna took Napoli’s winning streak in all competitions to ten matches. Another success in Rome will witness Parthenobi He achieved a historic feat and equaled the club’s record of 11 wins in 1986.
Except for their 2-1 defeat in November 2019, Napoli have not lost in five of their last six Serie A visits to Rome (W4, D1), including a goalless draw in this corresponding fixture in 2021/2022. Furthermore, Spalletti’s men scored a lockout in their last league encounter against Gelorossi In DC (W1, D1).
Against this background, they have won their last three Serie A away games without a clean sheet. It best illustrates how Napoli have been in front of goal this season. Indeed, 15 different scorers have contributed to 25 goals in the visiting league, most of them (13) coming on the road.
Roma lineup against potential Napoli
Rome (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio Gianluca Mancini, Chris Smalling, Roger Ibanez; Rick Karsdorp, Brian Cristante, Nemanja Matic, Leonardo Spinazzola; Lorenzo Pellegrini, Niccolo Zaniolo; Tammy Abraham.
Naples (4-3-3): Alex Merritt; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Kim Min Jae, Juan Jesus, Mario Roy; Tangi Ndombeli, Stanislav Lobotka, Pyotr Zelensky; Herving Lozano, Victor Osimhen, Khvisha Kvaratskhelia.