Join here for Parma vs Napoli Event Information, Serie A returns this weekend for the beginning of this 2020/21 year 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 before Christmas. Gattuso would direct Napoli to Coppa Italia glory, securing Europa League football for this season but the aim for his first full campaign in charge is going to be to bridge the gap between them and fourth-placed Lazio (16 points in 2019/20).
Their competitions this Sunday will have been mostly happy with their conclusion last season, comfortably in mid-table, closer to Napoli in seventh than they had been Lecce at 18th. But Parma are currently without Dejan Kulusevski, who has returned to parent team Juventus, and have a new supervisor in Fabio Liverani, so a third-consecutive win against Napoli are a tall order.
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Parma & Napoli’s past 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 dropped some players on the summer, with Antonino Barilla joining AC Monzo out of Parma while Kulusevski Gianluca Caprari and have left following the end of their loans.
Players to watch:
Parma: The major issue for Parma this season will be how they substitute the creativity of Kulusevski. The exciting winger was essentially Parma’s creative side last season, making 78 chances in Serie A and recording eight assists. His closest rival, defensive midfielder Hernani, created only 29. Long-term Parma will be looking for a suitable replacement, but for today they may rely on elder statesman Gervinho. The 33-year-old certainly is not getting any younger, but last year he had been 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 can rely on expertise, Napoli will be about the younger gamers and specifically Victor Osimhen. The Nigerian is Napoli’s club-record signing, linking for an initial fee of $70m, therefore there’ll be some pressure for him to hit the ground running. But the 21-year-old can flourish under the pressure. In Ligue 1 final year, Osimhen scored 13 goals in 27 games before the league was curtailed, and included a further two in the Champions League. But what will be key is where Gattuso performs Osimhen. Though he has some experience in playing the wing, Osimhen works better throughout the centre, so a strike partnership alongside Dries Mertens would work, or the Belgian may be altered to accommodate the marquee signing. Whatever happens, it will be intriguing to watch.
Scoreline prediction: Parma 0-2 Napoli