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Match facts: Napoli v Chelsea

Published: Saturday 18 February 2012, 21.45CET
Match facts: Napoli v Chelsea
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Published: Saturday 18 February 2012, 21.45CET

Match facts: Napoli v Chelsea

Napoli

UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Christian Maggio and Salvatore Aronica will incur a suspension with their next cautions. Coach Walter Mazzarri begins a two-match ban imposed for improper conduct during the match at Villarreal CF on 7 December.

Latest domestic information
Friday 17 February: ACF Fiorentina 0-3 SSC Napoli (Cavani 3 55, Lavezzi 90+1)
Rosati; Campagnaro (Grava 12), Cannavaro, Britos; Maggio, Dzemaili, Inler, Dossena; Hamšík (Gargano 70), Lavezzi; Cavani (Pandev 74)

• Napoli secured only their third win in nine games in all competitions, but their second in five days.

• Edinson Cavani has registered 16 goals in his last 18 outings.

• Goalkeeper Antonio Rosati made his league debut for Napoli after Morgan De Sanctis was ruled out.

• The Partenopei have drawn ten Serie A games already this term, including seven in their last 14 league outings; they drew seven times all last season en route to a third-place finish.

• Napoli are six games unbeaten at home, winning four, since a 3-1 defeat by AS Roma on 18 December.

• Miguel Britos scored his first goal for Napoli in a 2-0 win against AC Chievo Verona on 13 February.

• Napoli beat AC Cesena (2-1) and FC Internazionale Milano (2-0) to reach the Coppa Italia semi-finals, where they lost the first leg 2-1 at AC Siena on 9 February. The return takes place on 21 March.

• Napoli defeated Genoa CFC 6-1 on 21 December, scoring six goals in a Serie A game for the first time since 16 December 2000, when they beat Reggina Calcio 6-2.

• Marek Hamšík has converted just five of his last ten penalties for the club.

Injury news
• Hugo Campagnaro was forced off with a right calf injury 12 minutes into Friday's game at Fiorentina.

• De Sanctis was denied a 100th successive Serie A start on Friday because of a minor knock picked up in training.

• Eduardo Vargas missed the Fiorentina game having twisted his right ankle after coming on as an 89th-minute substitute against Chievo on 13 February.

• Marco Donadel, out since injuring his right thigh in training on 3 September, made his first appearance of the season on 12 January in a 2-1 Coppa Italia win against Cesena.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In:
Miguel Britos, Cristiano Lucarelli, Eduardo Vargas (CFP Universidad de Chile)
Out: Mario Santana (AC Cesena, loan), Giuseppe Mascara (Novara Calcio), Ignacio Fideleff

• Britos was omitted from the Partenopei's group stage squad after fracturing a metatarsal during a 5-0 friendly loss to FC Barcelona on 22 August. He returned to action on 12 January.

Miscellaneous
• Hamšík, Maggio and Cavani were named in the 2011 Serie A team of the year by the Italian Association of Footballers.

• Maggio signed a new deal on 3 January, tying him to Napoli until June 2015.

• On 5 January, Hamšík became a father for the second time to a son named Lucas.

Chelsea

UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Chelsea have committed 61 fouls, the lowest total of the last-16 teams ahead of the first legs along with FC Barcelona.

• David Luiz and Raul Meireles will incur a suspension with their next yellow cards.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 18 February: Chelsea FC 1-1 Birmingham City FC (Sturridge 62; Murphy 20)
Čech, Ivanović, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand; Ramires, Mikel (Kalou 57), Meireles; Sturridge, Torres (Drogba 46), Mata (Lampard 83)

• Daniel Sturridge scored his seventh goal in six FA Cup starts for Chelsea to earn a fifth-round replay against second-tier Birmingham. The draw leaves the west London side four games without a win in all competitions.

• Juan Mata had a 23rd-minute penalty saved, the fourth spot kick in eight attempts this season that Chelsea have failed to convert.

• Chelsea, who have lifted the cup in three of the last six seasons, have lost only two of their last 30 FA Cup matches – one of those was on spot kicks.

• Chelsea have not won in four Premier League games; since beating Sunderland AFC 1-0 on 14 January they have drawn three and lost 2-0 at Everton FC in their most recent fixture on 11 February.

• Eleven of the 31 league goals Chelsea have conceded this season have come in the last 15 minutes.

• Defeats by Arsenal FC (5-3, 29 October) and Liverpool FC (2-1, 20 November) were Chelsea's first consecutive Premier League losses at Stamford Bridge since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

• Chelsea have won only four of their last 13 matches in all competitions, losing two.

• Didier Drogba scored his 150th Chelsea goal against Aston Villa FC on 31 December, taking him joint fourth on the club's all-time list.

Injury news
• Ramires (knee ligament, out since 28 January) and John Obi Mikel (hamstring, 22 December) returned to action as starters against Birmingham.

• Ashley Cole (calf, out since 11 February) and John Terry (knee, 28 January) missed Saturday's game.

• Michael Essien returned to action on 14 January after suffering knee ligament damage in pre-season training.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In:
Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers FC), Michael Essien, Ryan Bertrand
Out: Alex (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Nicolas Anelka (Shanghai Shenua FC), Josh McEachran (Swansea City FC, loan), Hilário

• Chelsea signed Kevin De Bruyne from KRC Genk in January, although the winger will spend the rest of the season back on loan at the Belgian club before moving to London in the summer.

Miscellaneous
• Salomon Kalou and Drogba made six and five appearances respectively as the Ivory Coast reached the Africa Cup of Nations final. Drogba missed a penalty in normal time in the showpiece against Zambia and, though he converted in the shoot-out after a goalless 120 minutes, his side lost 8-7 on spot kicks.

Last updated: 19/02/12 19.02CET

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