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Coppa Italia Preview: Napoli v Lazio

27 January 2014 22:29

Coppa Italia holders Lazio can set up a last-four tie against rivals Roma with a quarter-final win at Napoli on Wednesday.

Edoardo Reja's men overcame their city neighbours 1-0 in last year's final at the Stadio Olimpico thanks to a goal from Bosnia-Herzegovina winger Senad Lulic.

And the capital club travel to the Stadio San Paolo knowing that victory in what is a matchup between the last two teams to win the tournament will force a repeat of the 2013 showpiece, but at the semi-final stage this time around.

However, the visitors face a Napoli side who have not suffered defeat in any competitions since a 3-1 UEFA Champions League loss to Borussia Dortmund in November.

That result sparked Napoli's current run of 10 games unbeaten, which began as Gonzalo Higuain's double inspired Rafael Benitez's side to a 4-2 win at Lazio.

And Napoli, who beat Atalanta 3-1 earlier this month to reach the quarter-finals, should be confident of replicating that display against a team who are without a win in their last four visits to Campania.

Defender Pablo Armero is a doubt for the hosts after missing the draw with Chievo due to illness, while Juan Zuniga is likely to miss out with a knee problem.

Long-term absentees Giandomenico Mesto (knee) and Valon Behrami (toe) remain on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, Lazio, 2-1 winners over Parma in the previous round, are without defender Stefan Radu due to hamstring injury.

Emiliano Alfaro (knee) and Ederson (hamstring) are unavailable, along with Stefano Mauri, whose match-fixing ban does not expire until next week.

A win would see Lazio take on bitter foes Roma three times in a week.

Reja's men face Rudi Garcia's side on February 9, a clash that would be sandwiched between a two-legged semi-final should the holders progress.

"We think game by game," Lazio's German striker Miroslav Klose said. "Now we think about Napoli, because we could play three derbies in a week."

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1 - 0

Lazio

W W W D W
Competition
Coppa Italia
Date
29 January 2014
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
Stadio San Paolo (Napoli)
Attendance
42131

Goals

G. Higuaín 82'
(assist by José Callejón) 
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Monday 30 March

Sunday 29 March

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14:45
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14:37
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13:03
12:27
12:03
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10:52
10:35
06:50
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03:53
03:45
03:31
02:05
01:48
01:39
00:47
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00:01
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