Probable line-ups: Bologna vs. Napoli

by | Jan 17, 2022 08:10

Bologna‘s Aaron Hickey, Gary Medel and Emanuel Vignato have recovered from COVID and Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti also sees some regular starters return to action.

It kicks off at 17.30 UK time.

Federico Santander has COVID, but Musa Barrow and Ibrahima Mbaye are on Africa Cup of Nations duty, while Kingsley, Riccardo Orsolini, Jerdy Schouten and Mitchell Dijks not available due to injuries.

Nicolas Viola is favourite to start in midfield over Dominguez in midfield. Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has won just two games out of 20 against Napoli and Bologna conceded five of the last seven Serie A goals after minute 65, including the last three.

Spalletti is without the injured David Ospina and  Lorenzo Insigne, but sees Fabian Ruiz and Piotr Zielinski return to Napoli XI.

Kalidou Koulibaly, Zambo Anguissa and Adam Ounas are on international duty, while Victor Osimhen will start on the bench and could play his first game since the end of November thanks to a protective mask.

Andrea Petagna is the favourite to start over Dries Mertens as the Belgian played 120 minutes against Fiorentina on Thursday.

Probable line-ups

Bologna (3-4-2-1): Skorupski; Soumaoro, Medel, Theate; De Silvestri, Svanberg, Dominguez, Hickey; Soriano, Sansone; Arnautovic.

Napoli (4-2-3-1): Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Juan Jesus, Mario Rui; Lobotka, Ruiz; Politano, Zielinski, Lozano; Petagna.


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