Mario Rui gets the chances to prove his worth in today’s match against Chievo in the Stadio Bentegodi. The surprising summer transfer that left many Azzurri fans talking will now have the chance to silence critics with his performance on the pitch today. With Ghoulam having suffered a torn ACL in his last match against Manchester City, the Partenopei will be hoping that this is the first of many solid starting appearances from the Portuguese defender. Napoli will look to rebound from their loss against Manchester City mid-week which has put their Champions League ambitions in serious jeopardy while Chievo look to solidify their mid-table position (11th place with 15 points). Here are the official formations below:
Sorrentino; Gobbi, Gamberini, Tomovic, Cacciatore; Hetemaj, Radovanovic, Depaoli; Castro; Birsa, Inglese
Sepe; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Zielinski, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne
Reina has been suffering from back issues during the week and been rested for the match, Zielinski slides back in the midfield for Allan and as we mentioned earlier, Mario Rui gets the start at left fullback. It will be interesting to see how Napoli rebound from the psychological blow the Manchester City loss dealt and the performances of players like Sepe and Mario Rui who must be hitting the pitch today with something to prove. Also, Azzurri fans will get a look at Roberto Inglese who Napoli bought in the summer but left on loan at Chievo.
Here are some live updates via twitter: