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Match facts: Marseille v Napoli

Published: Saturday 19 October 2013, 2.45CET
Match facts: Marseille v Napoli
Goran Pandev has scored in two of Napoli's recent league wins ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Saturday 19 October 2013, 2.45CET

Match facts: Marseille v Napoli

Marseille

UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Marseille have scored 147 goals in the European Cup.

• Nicolas N'Koulou is a booking away from a suspension after picking up yellow cards on matchdays one and two.

General information
• Marseille have suffered three successive defeats.

• Jérémy Morel started Friday's 1-0 defeat at OGC Nice after four games out with a knee injury. Lucas Mendes went off with an ankle injury early on.

• OM lost 2-1 at home to Paris Saint-Germain FC on 6 October despite taking the lead from the spot after Thiago Motta was sent off for a challenge on Mathieu Valbuena. Marseille have lost three of their last four home games.

• André-Pierre Gignac scored in OM's first three games this term, his best start to a season, but has not registered since. He won his first cap since the 2010 FIFA World Cup in France's 0-0 draw with Georgia on 6 September.

• Of Marseille's 21 wins in Ligue 1 last season, 18 were by a single goal and 12 ended 1-0.

International duty
• Marseille had seven players on senior international duty last week: Steve Mandanda, Rod Fanni, Dimitri Payet, Valbuena (France), Saber Khalifa (Tunisia), N'Koulou (Cameroon), André Ayew (Ghana).

• Khalifa lined up against N'Koulou as Tunisia and Cameroon drew 0-0 in Tunis in the first leg of their FIFA World Cup play-off tie. André Ayew helped Ghana establish a 6-1 first-leg advantage against Egypt.

Napoli

UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Gonzalo Higuaín's next appearance in the UEFA Champions League will be his 50th in the competition (48 with Real Madrid CF). He has scored nine goals.

General information
• Like last season under Walter Mazzarri, the Partenopei took maximum points from six of their first seven Serie A fixtures but, as with 2012/13, they lost in round eight to the leaders, going down 2-0 at AS Roma on Friday. Miralem Pjanić scored both goals, the second from the spot after Paolo Cannavaro was sent off.

• Christian Maggio, out since undergoing surgery on his left knee on 25 September, returned to the starting XI on Friday but Miguel Ángel Britos was taken off with a dislocated collarbone before half-time. Rafael Benítez lost left-back Camilo Zúñiga with a knee injury ahead of the game.

• Having scored both goals in a 2-0 win at Genoa CFC on 28 September, Goran Pandev registered in Napoli's next league outing, a 4-0 success against AS Livorno Calcio before the international break.

• Napoli are unbeaten at home in the league in 2013, their last defeat at the Stadio San Paolo coming against Bologna on 12 December. Since then they have won 11 home top-flight matches out of 14.

International duty
• Nine Napoli players were called up for senior duty during the international break: Lorenzo Insigne (Italy), Valon Behrami, Gökhan Inler, Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland), Pandev (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Pepe Reina (Spain), Dries Mertens (Belgium), Federico Fernández (Argentina), Pablo Armero (Colombia).

• Insigne became the first Napoli player to appear for Italy at the Stadio San Paolo since Fernando De Napoli in 1990 when he took to the field for the Azzurri's 2-2 draw with Armenia in FIFA World Cup qualifying on 15 October.

• Four days earlier, Behrami, Dzemaili and Inler featured in Switzerland's 2-1 triumph in Albania that secured their team's place at the World Cup. On the same evening, Mertens was an unused substitute as Belgium sealed progress with a 2-1 win in Croatia. Reina's Spain also qualified for Brazil 2014.

Last updated: 19/10/13 21.00CET

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