Serie A line-ups: Roma vs. Napoli

Romelu Lukaku returns with Andrea Belotti for Roma, while Napoli cling to Victor Osimhen and...

Serie A line-ups: Roma vs. Napoli

Romelu Lukaku returns with Andrea Belotti for Roma, while Napoli cling to Victor Osimhen and Kvicha Kvaratskhelia following their Coppa Italia shocker.

It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico at 19.45 GMT.

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s six Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

This is a head-to-head for the chance to remain in the running for a top four finish, but both sides are struggling at the moment.

Roma hit problems in a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina when down to nine men, then lost to Bologna to slide down the standings.

Lukaku and Nicola Zalewski have completed their bans, but Paulo Dybala, Houssem Aouar, Chris Smalling, Marash Kumbulla and Tammy Abraham are still injured.

Renato Sanches is not even on the bench, as he is suffering from flu symptoms.

Napoli keep taking one step forward and two back under new coach Walter Mazzarri, because following three consecutive defeats in all competition, they had got back on track beating Cagliari 2-1.

It all went very wrong on Wednesday in the Coppa Italia Round of 16, suffering a humiliating 4-0 home defeat to Frosinone.

Jesper Lindstrom, Mathias Olivera and Eljif Elmas (who is practically sold to RB Leipzig for €25m) are unavailable.

It was when Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia came off the bench that Napoli crumbled against Frosinone, so the pressure is on them to make up for it.

Roma: Rui Patricio; Mancini, Llorente, Ndicka; Kristensen, Cristante, Paredes, Bove, Zalewski; Belotti, Lukaku

Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Juan Jesus, Mario Rui; Anguissa, Lobotka, Zielinski; Politano, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia

23-12-2023 19:45
MatchDay 17

Player statistic

1st half
Leandro Paredes 28'    
    28' Mário Rui
Rasmus Kristensen 32'    
Bryan Cristante 38'    
2nd half
Andrea Belotti 60'    
    62' Juan Jesus
Nicola Zalewski 65'    
    66' Red card Matteo Politano
    73' Victor Osimhen
Lorenzo Pellegrini
(Assist: Stephan El Shaarawy)
76'    
Stephan El Shaarawy 82'    
    86' Yellow-Red card Victor Osimhen
Sardar Azmoun Yellow card 90+5'    
Romelu Lukaku
(Assist: Evan Ndicka)
Goal 90+6'    

Match statistic

41
Possession %
59
17
Total shots
7
4
Shots on target
2
10
Shots off target
2
3
Blocked shots
3
4
Corners
0
2
Offsides
1
19
Fouls
12
ROM
NAP

Starting lineups

1
Goalkeeper
14
Defender
5
Defender
23
Defender
43
75'
4
Midfielder
52
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
71'
59
Midfielder
71'
11
Attacker
71'
90
Attacker
1
Goalkeeper
13
Defender
22
5
Defender
88'
6
Defender
81'
99
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
88'
68
Midfielder
56'
77
87'
21
Attacker
9
Attacker

Substitutes

2
Defender
37
63
Goalkeeper
99
Goalkeeper
60
Midfielder
72
Defender
7
Midfielder
71'
92
71'
17
Attacker
71'
19
Defender
75'
55
Defender
4
Midfielder
16
Goalkeeper
59
18
Attacker
95
Goalkeeper
24
Midfielder
56'
23
Attacker
81'
81
87'
70
Midfielder
88'
3
Defender
88'