Serie A returns this weekend for the start of the 2020/21 season and Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli side kick off with an away trip to Parma on Sunday (11:30am kick-off).
Napoli endured a tough season in 2019/20, ultimately finishing seventh with Gattuso replacing Carlo Ancelotti just before Christmas. Gattuso would lead Napoli to Coppa Italia glory, securing Europa League football for this season but the aim for his first full campaign in charge will be to bridge the gap between them and fourth-placed Lazio (16 points in 2019/20).
Their opponents this Sunday will have been largely happy with their finish last season, comfortably in mid-table, closer to Napoli in seventh than they were Lecce in 18th. But Parma are now without Dejan Kulusevski, who has returned to parent club Juventus, and have a new manager in Fabio Liverani, so a third-consecutive win against Napoli will be a tall order.
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- UK: Premier Sports 1
- US: ESPN2
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Parma & Napoli’s previous line-ups:
- Parma (vs Lecce): Sepe; Laurini, Alves, Gagliolo, Darmian; Barilla*, Hernani, Kurtic; Kulusevski*, Cornelius, Caprari*.
- Napoli (vs Barcelona): Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Kouliably, Rui; Fabian, Demme, Zielinski; Callejon*, Mertens, Insigne.
Naturally both teams have lost some players over the summer, with Antonino Barilla joining AC Monzo from Parma while Kulusevski Gianluca Caprari and have left following the end of their loans. Meanwhile Napoli had said farewell to the likes of Jose Callejon and Allan, but can finally call upon new arrival Victor Osimhen.
Players to watch:
Parma: The big question for Parma this season will be how they replace the creativity of Kulusevski. The exciting winger was essentially Parma’s creative side last season, creating 78 chances in Serie A and recording eight assists. His closest rival, defensive midfielder Hernani, created just 29. Long-term Parma will be looking for a suitable replacement, but for now they may rely on elder statesman Gervinho. The 33-year-old certainly isn’t getting any younger, but last season he was Parma’s third-highest creator with 24 chances and four assists. He also chipped in with goals, scoring seven, again the third-highest among his teammates.
Napoli: While Parma may rely on experience, Napoli will be all about the younger players and in particular Victor Osimhen. The Nigerian is Napoli’s club-record signing, joining for an initial fee of €70m, so there will be some pressure on him to hit the ground running. But the 21-year-old can thrive under the pressure. In Ligue 1 last season, Osimhen scored 13 goals in 27 games before the league was curtailed, and added a further two in the Champions League. But what will be key is where Gattuso plays Osimhen. Although he has some experience in playing on the wing, Osimhen works best through the centre, so a strike partnership alongside Dries Mertens would work, or the Belgian may be shifted to accommodate the marquee signing. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to watch.