SSC Napoli 2 – 0 Hellas Verona — Serie A 17/18 HD Highlights
Napoli host Hellas Verona on Saturday, Jan. 6 at the Stadio San Paolo. Here’s what you need to know before you watch.
League leaders Napoli, after finishing the first half of the season in first place with 48 points, host Hellas Verona in another must-win game for the Partenopei given that their one-point lead over Juventus could vanish in an instant.
While Juve play at Cagliari, Napoli need to secure the three points after coming off a rare defeat — to Atalanta on Tuesday at home — in the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia. Cup competitions have not been favorable to Napoli this season after the early exit from the group stages of the Champions League.
Napoli’s limited bench (a reason for the 2-1 defeat to Atalanta after coach Maurizio Sarri started a mostly second-string side) have given them limited resources as they try to win their first Scudetto since 1990. Not equipped financially as Juventus or AC Milan (little good it has done the Rossoneri this season), Napoli have had to make due with what they have and hope that key players such as captain Marek Hamsik, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne avoid injury.