Napoli host Torino at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona

Napoli will seek to continue their resurgence under Francesco Calzona when they welcome Torino to the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Friday night in Serie A.

In the opening game of the weekend in Italy, the hosts will hope they can take some positive momentum into their clash away with Barcelona in the Champions League next week. After the dismal reign of Walter Mazzarri, Slovakia boss Calzona has come in and improved matters instantly, even if he is still papering over some cracks.

Top four is likely beyond Napoli unless they can end the season with a phenomenal set of results, as an eight-point gap has opened up between themselves and Bologna, but sitting in seventh means there is a strong chance they will be playing some form of European football next season.

Next up is Torino, who inflicted one of the worst results on Napoli during Mazzarri’s tenure, beating them 3-0 in Turin at the start of the year.

While there is no doubt Napoli have ridden their luck at times since Calzona took charge, the new boss is picking up results, and they should go into that clash in Barcelona full of confidence with a third straight victory here.

Torino’s feeble attack suggests they may struggle to threaten this Napoli side much, as their season is faltering just as their supporters were starting to get excited about a potential European push.



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