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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 W W L 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 26 May

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19:35
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19:11
18:51
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17:09
16:57
16:51
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14:56
14:28
14:27
13:41
13:19
12:10
11:48
10:51
10:38
10:25
10:08
09:45
09:35
09:08
08:53
08:11
06:17
05:55
04:24
04:24
04:00
03:30
03:29
02:32
02:14
02:09
01:29
01:16
00:29
00:13

Wednesday 25 May

23:51
23:14
22:29
21:40
21:14
21:02
20:37
20:34
19:57
19:41
18:55
18:37
18:37
18:30
18:07
17:06
16:53
16:30
16:24
16:23
15:58
15:50
15:09
14:54
14:42
14:34
14:29
14:01
13:44
13:27
13:17
12:54
12:33
11:46
11:03
11:02
10:58
10:37
10:00
09:27
08:57
08:32
08:30
05:24
05:20
04:43
04:40
03:51
03:50
03:22
01:34
01:32
00:56
00:18
00:15

Tuesday 24 May

23:37
23:17
22:00
21:39
20:35
20:03
19:42
19:33
19:10
18:56
18:16
18:04
18:03
17:36
17:18
17:12
16:38
16:05
16:01
15:51
15:21
14:52
14:37
14:26
14:14
13:52
13:20
13:19
13:03
12:58
12:34
12:13
11:56
11:33
11:24
11:16
11:07
10:01
09:34
09:15
08:50
08:35
06:48
06:16
05:19
04:12
02:46
02:08
01:49
01:17
00:56
00:46
00:27
00:17

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