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Where: Stadio San Paolo, Naples.
When: Sunday March 9, 19:45 GMT
Having met in a thrilling Coppa Italia semi-final clash just last month, expect fireworks in Naples as Rafa Benitez’s Napoli host Rudi Garcia and Roma on Sunday night.
With both sides still battling it out for second place in Serie A, albeit the Giallorossi are still eyeing a bigger prize, Napoli have struggled for consistency in the league in recent weeks.
Having been held by Genoa and Livorno, Benitez has already conceded the fight for the Scudetto and has instead set his sights on finishing second and obtaining the direct passage into the Champions League next season that comes with it.
Gonzalo Higuain and Raul Albiol return from suspension to provide the hosts with a significant boost, and given the former’s importance to the team this season he will likely be a huge threat moving forward if the southern giants are to also succeed in the Europa League.
Nevertheless, the Argentinian ace will come up against a tight-knit Roma defence again, with the capital club conceding just one goal in the league since their 3-0 defeat to Juventus back in January.
Daniele De Rossi will be missing after receiving a three-game ban for lashing out at Mauro Icardi in last weekend’s draw with Inter Milan, while Francesco Totti will continue to be absent too.
However, Garcia received good news after an initial scare over Kevin Strootman and the injury he picked up on international duty, with the Dutchman expected to combine with Miralem Pjanic in the midfield of the pitch.
In addition, Maicon returns from suspension and with both sides seemingly regaining the services of key players it promises to be an enthralling encounter in Naples.