Bologna vs. Napoli: Preview and TV schedule

Giuseppe Bellini

Relegation-threatened Bologna aren't likely to prove much competition for high-flying Napoli on Sunday.

Bologna made a rather unspectacular start to life under Davide Ballardini last weekend, with the new rossoblù coach steering them to a goalless draw with Lazio. The Emilian outfit are currently sitting in the relegation zone, and will struggle to break free of the bottom three against Napoli this weekend.

Rafael Benítez's outfit have strung together a couple of victories to move within two points of second-placed Roma, and though their recent performances have been far from spectacular, the partenopei are very much in the hunt to be the best of the rest in Serie A. Unfortunately the actual title race seems to be as good as over already.

Heading into this game, the hosts can take some heart from their tiny injury list, with only doubtful full-back Marek Čech causing consternation for Ballardini. As for Napoli, they're without a trio of first-team regulars, with full-backs Juan Zúñiga and Giandomenico Mesto joining midfielder Valon Behrami on the sidelines. Young Brazilian keeper Rafael will likely maintain his position between the sticks, with Pepe Reina still in doubt.

Bologna injuries and suspensions

Out: None. In doubt: Marek Čech.

Napoli injuries and suspensions

Out: Juan Zúñiga, Giandomenico Mesto, Valon Behrami (injured). In doubt: Pepe Reina.

Projected lineups

Bologna: Gianluca Curci; Nicolò Cherubin, Cesare Natali, Mikael Antonsson; Archimede Morleo, Michele Pazienza, Diego Pérez, Panagiotis Kone, György Garics; Alessandro Diamanti; Rolando Bianchi.

Napoli: Rafael; Pablo Armero, Raúl Albiol, Federico Fernández, Christian Maggio; Blerim Džemaili, Gökhan Inler; Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens, José Callejón; Gonzalo Higuaín.

Match Date/Time: Sunday, 3 p.m. local, 9 a.m. ET

Venue: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Rome, Italy

TV: beIN Sports en Español (U.S. - Spanish), RAI Internazionale (U.S. and Canada - Italian), BT Sport 1 (U.K.), Premium Calcio 1, Sky Calcio 2, Sky Sport 1 HD Italia (Italy)

Online: beIN Sport Play (U.S. and Canada), BT Sport 1 (U.K.)

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