PREVIEW: Napoli eye win after Juve draw

Napoli have had some good fortune after both Lazio and Juventus dropped points on Saturday and could close in to within three points of the Bianconeri.

Cavani enjoying his goal...

They could do so with a win on Sunday when Napoli defender Paolo Cannavaro also makes an emotional return to action at Parma this weekend.

Cannavaro and fellow defender Gianluca Grava spent a month on the sidelines after being issued with six-month bans for failing to report attempted match-fixing, with Napoli being deducted two points.

But those punishments were overturned on appeal last week and both players were unused substitutes for Napoli's 1-1 draw at Fiorentina.

Cannavaro finally returns to action at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, where he turned out for seven years, and is raring to go.

He told La Repubblica: "I left a lot of friends there and I have great memories of my time in Gialloblu. But it won't be easy for us.

"(Head coach Roberto) Donadoni has done some great work there and he has given the team such a strong identity that they've yet to lose at the Tardini.

"I really can't wait to play again. I've been training more than ever and I'm ready."

Recalling the day he heard the news of his ban, he added: "I was watching a film with my wife and kids, then at one point I changed the channel.

"Sky were announcing Napoli's punishment. I thought things had been looking good so I reacted to the news by bursting into tears.

"I suffered an injustice but Grava and I came out of it clean. There is no black mark on our careers and that is the important thing."

"I hope we can keep attacking the top end of the table," Cannavaro added. "I realised Fiorentina were scared of us and that means we have become stronger.

"We will stay in Juventus' wake, ready to take advantage of any misstep by the Bianconeri."

AC Milan continued their resurgence with a 2-1 victory over Bologna that took them above Roma and into sixth place, with a potential win at Atalanta promising fifth place should Fiorentina falter at eighth-placed Catania.

La Viola boss Vincenzo Montella takes his new club to Sicily for the first time since leaving the Stadio Angelo Massimino in the summer. The two sides are separated by only three places and four points in the top half of the table.

Sunday's late game sees Inter Milan bidding to get back on track following Wesley Sneijder's departure for Galatasaray, and having picked up one win from five games.

The Nerazzurri have now fallen nine points shy of Juventus and the Old Lady's city rivals Torino provide Andrea Stramaccioni with another stern test, having won three games from their last four.

Elsewhere, Roma hope to avenge an early season defeat to Bologna in Sunday's early game, while Cagliari face struggling Palermo, who have recruited Mauro Formica from Blackburn.

Siena are plotting to register back-to-back wins for the first time since September, at the expense of Udinese, with Sampdoria hosting Pescara at the Marassi.

Saturday's Round-Up

Lazio were beaten at home by Chievo on Saturday but Serie A leaders Juventus failed to take full advantage of their slip.

The Turin club could only draw 1-1 with Genoa, meaning their advantage over the third-placed Roman club is six points rather than the eight it could have been.

On a night when former France striker Nicolas Anelka was reported to be signing for them, Juve went ahead through Fabio Quagliarella in the 54th minute, but were pegged back by Marco Borriello's 68th-minute leveller.

Earlier on Saturday, Alberto Paloschi sealed a smash-and-grab 1-0 win for Chievo, who needed just one sight of goal to snatch the points against a wasteful Lazio.

Saturday's Serie A Results

Lazio 0-1 Chievo

Juventus 1-1 Genoa

Sunday's Serie A Fixtures

Atalanta vs AC Milan

Inter Milan vs Torino

Parma vs Napoli

Bologna vs Roma

Udinese vs Siena

Catania vs Fiorentina

Cagliari vs Palermo

Sampdoria vs Pescara



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