Napoli Must Take Care of Business in This Week's Serie A Match vs. Pescara
They are the only team in Serie A with a single-digit goal total. Pescara with nine are almost certainly bound for relegation at this rate.
Napoli better not give them any life Sunday at San Paolo.
Coming off a game they didn't really deserve against Cagliari, Napoli must show some class if they want to prove they belong in Scudetto contention. Juventus and Internazionale won't stumble many more times this season.
Edinson Cavani's return from suspension will help tremendously. It serves as an opportunity for Napoli to showcase their side in what will hopefully be a strong showing that they desperately need. With the table seemingly opening their arms to the Partenopei, it's incumbent upon them to not waste the good fortune.
For Napoli, they must focus their attention on playing a full 90 minutes. Their biggest issue this season has been protecting the lead. Remember those horrendous results against Torino and Milan?
Hopefully Mazzarri's side does. As bad as Pescara's been—their goal differential sits at minus-16—the Azzurri must take this game seriously.
Lorenzo Insigne will be paired with Cavani this weekend, as Goran Pandev's ankle still isn't fully recovered. This match holds a little extra significance for Insigne, as it was his blistering performance last season on loan with Pescara in Serie B that garnered him so much attention.
For Pescara, there are very few positives to focus on. Their leading scorer is Slovakian midfielder Vladimir Weiss; he has three goals in 11 appearances.
Elsewhere this weekend, Milan kick this week's Serie A action off on the road against Catania, who currently sit just above them in the table. Lazio (fifth place) will host Parma (seventh place) in a match where Parma will hope to cut into the six points separating the two sides.
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