Napoli welcome Roma at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples this Sunday in the pick of this weekend’s Serie A action.
Napoli will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of last weekend’s 3-1 home loss to table-toppers AC Milan that jolted their push for top 4 in a very competitive Serie A this season. They currently sit in the sixth position on the log, six points off the leaders who have shown no sign of slowing down eight matches into the season.
That loss highlighted their issues at the back in recent matches where they have only kept one clean sheet in their last 6 games, losing key matches against contenders Juventus and AC Milan in that span. They, however, responded well in their Thursday night Europa game, beating Croatian side Rijeka 2-0 in the same venue.
Genaro Gattuso’s aim to keep their Scudetto hopes alive. A win here will propel the, back into the top four but that is easier said than done.
AS Roma’s 2-0 win away at CFR Cluj in Thursday’s Europa League was their 5th straight win in all competitions, with the club scoring 2 or more goals in all five wins and keeping a clean sheet in four of them. They are actually unbeaten in their last 11 matches (8W, 3D), with two of those draws coming at home against Juventus and away at AC Milan.
They are doing well in Serie A, with last weekend’s 3-0 win over Parma their Stadio Olimpico being their third in a row and it took them to third place on the log with 17 points, just 3 points shy of the leaders.
The Giallorossi play with verve and purpose and they will certainly fancy their chances against this Napoli side that has shown some frailty at the back.
On current form, it is difficult to bet against AS Roma. They have gone seven games undefeated in the league since losing on the opening weekend. Of these seven games, five have been wins and the two draws actually came against champions Juventus and league leaders Juventus. They are therefore a force to reckon with. Napoli meantime have melted when faced with stern challenges and this certainly will be a tough assignment for them. Roma’s form and confident play in their recent matches certainly gives them momentum coming into this match and we are backing Roma to win or draw @ 1.67 with Odibets as our initial betting tip here.
Having said that, we still expect this to be a tough game particularly to start as neither team will want to cede early ground to the other. 12 of their last 14 H2H games had under 1.5 first-half goals and we see value in picking the same to occur here @ 1.60 with Odibets free bet as our final tip for this match.
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