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Saturday November 23 2013
Line-ups: Napoli-Parma

Napoli are torn in different directions as they host Antonio Cassano’s Parma this evening.

It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview. There are concerns around the game, as heavy rain turned to hail an hour before the start.

The Partenopei are still stinging after their 3-0 defeat to Juventus, which knocked them down to third place in Serie A.

They therefore need to get back on track here, but are also pulled by the need to rotate their squad after international duty and ahead of the Champions League showdown with Borussia Dortmund.

Juan Camilo Zuniga and Giandomenico Mesto are long-term absentees in defence, while Anthony Reveillere is on the bench after joining as a free agent.

In attack, Gonzalo Higuain is flanked by Lorenzo Insigne, Goran Pandev and Jose Maria Callejon, resting Marek Hamsik.

Parma have a relatively good record at the San Paolo, not losing two Serie A trips here in a row since 1993-94. This bodes well for Roberto Donadoni if we consider the Ducali lost their last visit 3-1.

Aleandro Rosi sits out a two-match ban, but Nicola Sansone is the surprise choice to partner Cassano with Italy international Marco Parolo and ex-Napoli midfielder Walter Gargano in support.

Gabriel Paletta returns from a long injury lay-off for a spot on the bench, but Daniele Galloppa, Stefano Okaka and Nicola Pavarini miss out.

Napoli: Reina; Maggio, Albiol, Britos, Armero; Inler, Behrami; Callejòn, Pandev, Insigne; Higuain

Napoli bench: Rafael, Colombo, Reveillere, Uvini, Martens, Hamsik, Dzemaili, Fernandez, Radosevic, Cannavaro, Zapata

Parma: Mirante; Cassani, Lucarelli, Felipe; Biabiany, Gargano, Marchionni, Parolo, Gobbi; Sansone, Cassano

Parma bench: Bajza, Coric, Mesbah, Valdes, Amauri, Palladino, Mendes, Munari, Mauri, Benalouane, Paletta, Acquah

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