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Projected Formations: Napoli v. Roma

Despite some injury absences, Roma carry a strong squad and momentum into Sunday’s Derby del Sole.

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The Giallorossi were killer in attack on Tuesday night at the Olimpico against CSKA Moscow and will look to carry that momentum into Sunday’s Derby del Sole in Naples. The team got some much needed good news on the injury front heading into the match. Daniele De Rossi, Aleksander Kolarov, and Alessandro Florenzi who were surrounded by question marks this week were all full participants in Saturday’s training. All will be available for Sunday’s big match. Javier Pastore, Justin Kluivert, and Diego Perotti all remain out, however, and none are part of the weekend’s squad list.

Despite Tueday’s strong Champions League performance, it’s likely that there will be some changes to Roma’s starting XI on Sunday. Robin Olsen, who put in another strong performance between the pipes, will look to repeat his clean sheet performance. However, things will be a bit different in front of him along Roma’s back line. The aforementioned Kolarov will return to his starting role at left back, after recovering from a fractured toe suffered in the Derby della Capitale. Meanwhile, Kostas Manolas will again start at center back. According to many reports around the peninsula, he’ll likely be joined by Juan Jesus. Jesus is favored over Federico Fazio, after Fazio looked shaky again midweek. Additionally, it’s likely that Davide Santon slides over from left to right back ahead of the recently recovered Florenzi.

With De Rossi fully recovered, Capitano Futuro will again start alongside Steven N’Zonzi. The midfield duo will look to provide extra cover for the back four. The red hot Edin Dzeko will look to repeat his Champions League mastery, as he again leads the line. His support will in all likelihood remain intact from Tuesday. The ever improving Lorenzo Pellegrini will take up the trequartista position; flanked by birthday boy Stephan El Shaarawy and Cengiz Ünder.

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Meanwhile, Napoli will likely counter Roma’s 4-2-3-1 formation with the 4-4-2 formation below.

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