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Are Napoli on their way to the Serie A title?

Napoli haven't won the Serie A crown since 1990 but stand an excellent chance of going all the way and claiming a third Italian title this season. Maurizio Sarri's men are joint-second in the table and sit just four points behind current leaders Inter Milan.

While they are without a win in their last two games, Napoli have shown plenty of courage, quality and enthusiasm throughout the early stages of the campaign and will be quietly confident of picking up a much-needed victory at Atlanta on Sunday before the winter break. If they can maintain this form throughout the second half of the season, Napoli could pip their rivals to the title.

Crucially, Napoli have performed well against their nearest competitors this season - which could come in handy towards the business end of the campaign. In fact, there are only two teams who have picked up all three points against Napoli so far this term - Sassuolo and Bologna.

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Milan manager Sinisa Mihajlovic has claimed that his team did not deserve any points after their poor performance against archrivals Inter Milan in the previous outing.

The game ended in a 1-0 defeat and the club are back to square one as far as form is concerned. A win against Palermo will put things back on track. It is especially important given that AC Milan can take advantage of the wobble in form shown by champions Juventus. Since only three spots are available for the Champions League places, Milan have to be in contention from the word go.

Manchester City has suffered a huge blow in their pre-season journey as they lost 4-2 against Stuttgart. This is certainly not the way that the Premier League club wanted to finish their pre-season as Manuel Pellegrini and his players will be entering the 2015-16 season hoping to take the title away from Chelsea but this dream might be out of the reach of Manchester City as they were exposed after conceding 4 goals in the opening 45 minutes of the match.

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It has been heavily rumoured that Napoli are in advanced discussions with former Sampdoria coach Sinisa Mihajlovic over the vacant managerial job at the club.

Napoli are without a manager after Rafa Benitez left the club for Real Madrid after the final game of the campaign. A loss against Lazio meant that Napoli will be without Champions League football for next season. A regime that started so well with the Coppa Italia in his first season came to a bitter conclusion after just two years. Napoli will now be hoping to reclaim the glory days achieved primarily under Walter Mazzarri.

Penalties helped Napoli win against Juventus

Napoli managed to defeat Juventus on penalties and win the Super Cup. This was their first success in the competition since 1990 and Rafa Benitez failed this victory over Juventus as the best moment of 2014.

Napoli came back from death twice in the match. Carlos Tevez gave the lead after just five minutes before Gonzalo Higuain equalised in the 68th minute. Just when it seemed that Tevez had provided enough to seal victory after a goal in extra time, Higuain stepped up once again to secure an equaliser – for the second time in the match – in the 118th minute.

Benitez under heavy pressure

Napoli boss Rafa Benitez has been under intense pressure at the start of the season after his failure to get the club into the Champions League for the first time in a few years. The team failed to the last hurdle in the qualifying stage. Even though it is well acknowledged that Napoli had a tough draw, many expected them to reach the stages of the prestigious European tournament. It would have given them access to more than £ 30 million in additional revenue. As it is, they will be playing in the group stages of the Europa league.

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