Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli return to league action this weekend, welcoming the visit of Bologna to the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday after earning a credible 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the Champions League at Anfield on Wednesday night.


Dries Mertens had the Italians in front on Merseyside, but Dejan Lovren's second-half header pegged them back and extended the Azzurri's winless streak to seven games.

Dries Mertens

However, Ancelotti's men will be favourites to return to winning ways this weekend against a Bologna side who have lost three of their last four ​Serie A encounters.


The Rossoblu are in lowly fifteenth position in the league standings, only three points above the relegation zone.  


Where to Watch


​When Is Kick Off?​Sunday 1 December
​What Time Is Kick Off?​17:00 (GMT)
Where Is It Played?​Stadio San Paolo
TV Channel/Live Stream?​Premier Sports 2
​Referee?Fabrizio Pasqua



Team News

Carlo Ancelotti is likely to be without star man and skipper Lorenzo Insigne, who is struggling to recover from the elbow injury that saw him miss his side's midweek trip to Anfield.


Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik continues sidelined with a muscle injury he sustained in early November, which has seen him miss the last three games.

Lorenzo Insigne

Full backs Kévin Malcuit and Faouzi Ghoulam are also absentees, with the former not expected back this season after rupturing a cruciate knee ligament in October. 


As for the away side, Bologna continue without striker Mattia Destro leading the line and midfielder Roberto Soriano is missing with a knee injury.


Centre forward Federico Santander and left-back Mitchell Dijks are also absent for the visitors.


Predicted Lineups


NapoliMeret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Hysaj; Elmas, Allan, Zielinski, Fabian Ruiz; Mertens, Lozano.
Bologna​Skorupski; Tomiyasu, Danilo, Bani, Krejci; Medel, Dzemaili; Orsolini, Svanberg, Sansone; Palacio.


Head to Head Record

Napoli have won just over half of the meetings between these two sides, the Azzurri have been victorious in 16 of the 30 games played. 


However, Bologna have won ten themselves, and claimed victory ​in the two teams' most recent Serie A encounter back in May.

Bologna FC v SSC Napoli - Serie A

Federico Santander, who is missing from this weekend's clash, bagged a brace as Bologna snatched a late 3-2 win at the Renato Dall'Ara.


Dries Mertens and full-back Faouzi Ghoulam, another of this weekend's absentees, were on the scoresheet for the away side that day.


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The home team have drawn their last three games in all competitions and haven't tasted victory since a 3-2 win away to Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League.


It has been over a month since Napoli last won in ​Serie A, overcoming Verona 2-0 at home in mid-October.


Two goals from frontman Milik secured the three points that day, but if Napoli are to repeat the feat this weekend, the goals will have to come from elsewhere, as the Polish striker is sidelined.

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Sinisa Mihajlovic's visiting side are without a win in three and have only won one game on the road in the league all season, a 4-3 victory against Brescia in September.


Bologna snatched a point in their last game against Parma, grabbing a 95th-minute injury-time equaliser through Blerim Džemaili to send the home fans into raptures. 


They'll be hoping for more late drama against Ancelotti's side. Here's how both teams have performed over their last five games.


​NapoliBologna
​Liverpool 1-1 Napoli (27/11)Bologna 2-2 Parma (24/11)
​AC Milan 1-1 Napoli (23/11)​Sassuolo 3-1 Bologna (08/11)
Napoli 0-0 Genoa (09/11)​Inter 2-1 Bologna (02/11)
​Roma 2-1 Napoli (02/11)​Cagliari 3-2 Bologna (30/10)
Napoli 2-2 Atalanta (30/10)Bologna 2-1 Sampdoria (27/10)



Prediction

Although they only came away with a point from Anfield, Ancelotti would have been buoyed by his team's performance against ​Premier League leaders Liverpool.

SSC Napoli v RB Salzburg: Group E - UEFA Champions League

The injuries of Insigne and Milik do not help Ancelotti's cause but Napoli should be too strong for a Bologna outfit looking towards the wrong end of the table. The hosts barren stretch without a win should come to an end on Sunday with a reasonably comfortable margin of victory. ​


Prediction: Napoli 2-0 Bologna