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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

L L W W L
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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Thursday 3 September

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14:23
14:06
13:58
11:23
11:12
10:40
09:22
07:59
07:32
04:43
03:00
01:40
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Wednesday 2 September

23:59
23:53
21:32
21:19
21:19
20:49
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20:23
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19:04
18:38
18:36
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16:25
16:14
15:42
15:37
15:23
14:48
14:30
14:12
13:51
12:10
11:55
10:07
09:47
08:47
08:42
08:27
08:22
07:04
07:03
06:55
05:40
04:54
03:45
02:48
02:05
00:55
00:53
00:32
00:31

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