by LIAM RICHNER
Napoli recorded their ninth consecutive home win, a feat not achieved since 1990, with the latest a comfortable 2-0 win over Chievo Verona.
With the Champions League clash against Benfica tonight, manager Maurizio Sarri decided to drop key players Arek Milik, Dries Mertens, Allan and Elseid Hysaj down to the bench against the side just a place below them in third before kick off.
Chievo have been a force to reckon with this campaign, but could do nothing to stop the red hot Partenopei from continuing their remarkable run at home.
Manolo Gabbiadini opened the scoring on his 150th Serie A appearance with a low left-foot curler into the far bottom corner on 24 minutes for his first of the season.
Marek Hamsik then scored his 100th goal for the club to double the host’s lead with a left footed screamer into the top corner before half time.
Chievo defended much better in the second period but failed to create any meaningful chance to get back into the game.
The result leaves Napoli the only undefeated side left in the top flight, and just a point behind Juventus at the top of Serie A, with the Old Lady only narrowly beating Palermo 1-0 at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.
The home side were plagued by injury ahead of their match against the Champions, who themselves switched to a 4-4-2 formation for the first time this season.
Despite their dominance in possession, Juve couldn’t break down the resilient Palermo defence and after the break returned to the more accustom 4-3-3.
Moments later, the deadlock was broken as Dani Alves’ cross-shot was deflected by Edoardo Goldaniga into his own net.
Elsewhere, Joe Hart tasted victory for the first time in a Torino shirt, as they beat Roma 3-1.
It is the first time that Torino have beaten the Giallorossi in 12 attempts, and for the first time at home for 26 years.
A brace from Iago Falque, who is on loan from Roma, and an Andrea Belotti goal on his return won the points for Siniša Mihajlović’s side.
The only consolation for Roma was Francesco Totti’s penalty; his 250th Serie A goal for Roma after a life-long career of servitude. The Italian legend turns 40 today.
The two sides sitting 19th and 20th respectively faced off last night, as Crotone suffered another defeat at home to Atalanta.
Built up as a six pointer so early into the season put added pressure on the players pre-match, but it was La Dea who prevailed.
Alejandro Gomez, Andrea Petagna and Jasmin Kurtic all got themsleves on the scoresheet after a dominant display from Gian Piero Gasperini’s side.
Lazio 2-0 Empoli
Genoa 1-1 Pescara
Sassuolo 1-0 Udinese
Inter Milan 1-1 Bologna
Fiorentina 0-0 Milan
Cagliari 2-1 Sampdoria