Napoli vs. Salernitana – prediction, team news, lineups

Napoli, the beleaguered Serie A defending champions, are set to face Salernitana in their first game of 2024 at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona this Saturday. The team, led by Walter Mazzarri, is looking for a strong comeback after the tough 3-0 defeat against Torino last weekend.

Salernitana, on the other hand, is still carrying the disappointment from the recent 2-1 loss to Juventus in gameweek 19, particularly due to the events in the closing minutes of the match. The upcoming clash promises to be a crucial one for both teams as they aim to make a statement and turn their fortunes around in the new year.

Napoli is facing some notable player absences for their upcoming match. Victor Osimhen and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa won’t be available as they are currently representing Nigeria and Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations. Unfortunately, this rules them out for the weekend.

Pasquale Mazzocchi, a recent addition to the team from Salernitana in January, won’t be on the field for gameweek 20 due to a red card received just four minutes into his debut against Torino.

Injury concerns further impact Napoli, with Alex Meret dealing with a hamstring issue, Natan Souza nursing a shoulder problem, and Mathias Olivera sidelined with a knee injury, keeping them all out of the weekend’s game.

Giulio Maggiore, who received a second yellow during the Salernitana-Juventus match, is ruled out for this Saturday. Additionally, Lorenzo Pirola and Grigoris Kastanos are set to miss action until next month due to thigh and knee injuries respectively. The hamstring problem that led to Boulaye Dia’s replacement in Senegal’s AFCON 2023 squad is keeping him out for several weeks.

Napoli vs. Salernitana - prediction, team news, lineups

Further player absence includes Lassana Coulibaly and Jovane Cabral, who are away at the Cup of Nations, representing Mali and Cape Verde respectively. Napoli faces a challenging match with several key players unavailable for various reasons.