Napoli will need to make a statement in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals when they host Atalanta to see who will face either Inter Milan or Juventus in Sunday’s final.
The hosts are the holders and welcome a tricky Atalanta side who are seeking a first victory in the competition for the first time in nearly 60 years.
Atalanta last reached the Coppa Italia final as recently 2019, arriving in search of a first piece of major silverware – being crowned Serie B champions notwithstanding – since 1963.
In the league, Gennaro Gattuso’s charges are in fifth place with 37 points after 19 games, one point ahead of the visitors who are in seventh place having played a game more.
SportPesa Kenya’s blog has a look at where both teams stand ahead of the mouthwatering clash.
What time does Napoli vs Atalanta start?
The game kicks off at 10:45pm Kenyan time at the iconic Stadio Diego Maradona.
Napoli vs Atalanta team news
The home side will continue to do without the services of dependable Dries Mertens who flew to his native Belgium for treatment on an ankle injury after limping off against Inter last month.
Alex Meret and David Ospina’s battle for the number one spot between the sticks will continue as well as the headache of choosing between Victor Osimhen or Andrea Petagna will start upfront.
Gian Piero Gasperini has a significant defensive headache to resolve, as Jose Luis Palomino is suspended following his dismissal in the quarter-final and Cristian Romero tested positive for COVID-19.
Luis Muriel may get another chance to book his spot in the starting XI to partner stalwart Duvan Zapata up front.
Napoli vs Atalanta head to head
Napoli have won 13 out of the 32 matches, including a 4-1 win the last time these two sides met on October 17 last year.
Atalanta have won 10 times and the remaining i9 matches have ended in a draw.
Napoli vs Atalanta current form
The hosts have won three times and lost two in their last 5 matches and will be looking to make it two wins in a row with a win midweek.
Atalanta have won two in the last 5 matches and are coming off a 3-1 defeat to Lazio.
Napoli vs Atalanta prediction
There is no doubt that there will be goals between these two teams but Napoli have what it takes to take a win into the second leg.
Atalanta are the second highest scoring team in the Serie A and are not expected to go down without a fight.