Former teammates go head-to-head when Benevento host Napoli in Serie this Sunday afternoon (2pm kick-off).
Filippo Inzaghi and Gennaro Gattuso enjoyed a period of success together at AC Milan (2001-12) which included winning two Champions League titles and the same number of Scudetto crowns.
However, on this occasion, they are rivals, with Benevento seeking a return to winning ways after being humbled 5-2 by AS Roma last time out. Napoli themselves are looking to bounce back after suffering a surprise Europa League loss to Dutch side AZ but as far as their league form is concerned, they caused a big shock with a 4-1 rout on free-scoring Atalanta.
The Neapolitans are no doubt full of confidence but as Thursday showed, there are no guarantees in football and Benevento have proven they can hang with the big boys.
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- US: ESPN+
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Benevento & Napoli’s previous line-ups:
- Benevento (vs AS Roma): Montipò; Letizia, Glik, Caldirola, Foulon; Schiattarella, Ionita, Dabo; Falque, Lapadula, Caprari.
- Napoli (vs AZ Alkmaar): Meret; Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Hysaj; Ruiz, Lobotka; Politano, Mertens, Lozano; Osimhen.
Federico Barba is a doubt for Benevento this weekend, while Gabriele Moncini and Nicolas Viola miss out for the hosts.
Napoli boss Gattuso, meanwhile, goes into this game without the services of Piotr Zielinski and Elif Elmas.
Players to watch:
- Benevento: It’s been a positive start for Benevento, who go into their meeting with Napoli having scored eight goals across four league matches. Interestingly, half of those strikes have involved Gianluca Caprari, who to date has produced three goals and one assist. However, those efforts came in defeats, albeit they were against Inter and Roma, so at the very least we know the 27-year-old Italian forward — who is on loan from Sampdoria — raises his game whenever facing Serie A’s very best. It’s also worth noting he’s eclipsed last season’s efforts (three goals) while at Parma, meaning he’s six strikes away from matching his best Serie A return, when he bagged nine goals for Pescara during the 2016/17 season.
- Napoli: There were big hopes for Mexican forward Hirving Lozano soon after joining Napoli in the summer of 2019, but it became a challenging first season in southern Italy with him registering four goals across 26 league appearances, with some writing the PSV man off. But he’s starting to answer those critics. Now regularly entrusted by Gattuso, he’s featured in three of Napoli’s opening four Serie A outings, in which time Lozano has matched last season’s goal tally. Lozano heads into this weekend having grabbed back-to-back braces against Genoa and top-four rivals Atalanta last time out. Benevento have been warned.