Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Napoli Vs Chelsea - Match Preview. Champions League

Last 5 results:
Napoli – WWLDD (in order from recent to previous)
Chelsea – DLDDW

Probable Line ups :
Napoli (3-4-3) – Morgan De Sanctis, Salvatore Aronica, Paolo Cannavaro, Armando Campagnaro, Walter Gargano, GokhanInler, Christian Maggio, Andrea Dossena, MarekHamsik, EzequielLavezzi, EdinsonCavani.
Chelsea (4-3-3) – Petr Cech, BranaIvanovic, David Luiz, John Terry*, Ashley Cole*, Raul Meireles, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, Didier Drogba, Daniel Sturridge.
 * indicates current status is injured but might feature in the game.

Play Style :
Napoli – likes to stay composed and strong at the midfield and the back, and hit out on counters.
Chelsea – likes to keep the possession and move around the ball, plays a semi – highline football, sometimes leaving them vulnerable at the back.

Players to watch out :

Napoli –
Edison Cavani – Cavani was one of the hottest property in Europe through the last two – three transfer windows. Tall,strong, quick and agile, Cavani is a classy finisher who can make the most out of even the half chances.
MarekHamsik – Much is talked about the danger of EdinsonCavani, but MarekHamsik is a figure as important as the former to Napoli. The creative outlet of the team is well known for his incisive passing as well as well taken goals.

Chelsea –
Juan Mata – There have been few positives out of this Chelsea season. And Juan Mata is one of the positive along with team mate Daniel Sturridge. Precise passing, dangerous deliveries and also a eye for goal makes him the most dangerous Chelsea man to watch out for.
Daniel Sturridge – Another prospect that has given smiles to Chelsea fans. Even after rumours of him being unhappy at the Bridge, bets can be made that Daniel Sturridge might be the one to open the scoring for Chelsea. Quick, tricky this young English striker has a viscious left foot and has a trademark cutting in from the right and taking a shot from the left foot.
Ashley Cole – Ashley Cole has been the most stable Chelsea defender this season. He is well strong at the back and better going forward. The pace of the Chelsea game is often defined by this mans involvement.

Prediction : Considering the dip in form of Chelsea and the somehow better form of Napoli, an Italian win can be most predicted. But I somehow believe this is going to be a one a piece draw, with Cavani to score for Napoli and Daniel Sturridge to equalize for Chelsea.
Napoli 1-1 Chelsea

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