Pescara vs. NapoliBy: Neil | April 27th, 2013
Pescara has fallen down to last place and while they’re not mathematically relegated yet, they are basically preparing for life in Serie B next season. The welcome Napoli with a depleted roster: Gaetano d’Agostino, Per Koldrup, Vladimir Weiss, and Juan Quintero are all missing. Those aren’t exactly household names in the soccer world but it represents some of Pescara’s best talent. In fact, Hamsik’s countryman Weiss is tied for the team lead in goals with…. 4? Unless I’ve done some bad research nobody on Pescara has scored more than 4 goals this season. The other 4 goal man on Pescara is the Swedish U-21 winger Mervan Celik. Even without the banned Cavani, Napoli are still fielding 5 players with 5 goals or more: Hamsik, Dzemaili, Inler, Pandev, and Insigne. On paper, this one is a bit of a mismatch.
Rock n Roll Behrami also sits out a one game suspension with Cavani. Inler and Insigne step into the starting lineup:
De Sanctis – Campagnaro, Canna, Britos – Maggio, Inler, Dzemaili, Zuniga – Hamsik – Pandev, Insigne
A win here and Napoli have almost assured themselves of at least a 3rd place finish. Napoli currently lead 4th place Fiorentina by 8 points with 5 rounds left, and three more points would mean at least 8 points with 4 rounds left.