Genoa pose a real threat to Napoli and could climb as high as 11th in Serie A if results elsewhere go their way. The Grifone were in the bottom three when Davide Ballardini returned for another stint in the dugout but have won three of their last four and look a completely different outfit after struggling so badly under Rolando Maran.
Where and when: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa – 6 February, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Genoa vs. Napoli: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The Azzurri thrashed Genoa 6-0 in the reverse fixture.
Genoa v Napoli Predictions and Preview
Remarkably, the Grifone have conceded the fewest number of goals and kept the most clean sheets since Ballardini’s appointment. The well-travelled tactician answered Enrico Preziosi’s call in December and is well thought of by the players and locals.
Mattia Perin is back to his best after overcoming multiple injuries and is marshalling a backline of Domenico Criscito, Ivan Radovanović and Andrea Masiello. The quartet are seasoned Serie A professionals and deserve credit for their role in Genoa’s resurgence.
Kevin Strootman and Milan Badelj offer stability in front of the defence, while new Juventus acquisition Nicolò Rovella has sparkled. The youngster will continue to learn his trade in Liguria for the rest of the term and is 10/1 to net anytime.
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Eldor Shomurodov will partner Mattia Destro in the forward positions with Scamacca in reserve. The Uzbek ace has operated as a foil for his partner and is a handful. The Rostov recruit is 3/1 to notch anytime and was a surprise target for Juventus in the January window.
Destro is in the form of his life and has outscored Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku and Ciro Immobile since 15 December. The 29-year-old has registered nine times from 16 appearances and his stunning exploits have impressed Roberto Mancini. The eight-time Azzurri international is 7/1 to break the deadlock and Genoa are 9/2 to emerge triumphant.
Visiting boss Gennaro Gattuso is under intense pressure, despite Napoli sitting fifth in the table with a game in hand. The Azzurri manager’s relationship with Aurelio De Laurentiis has completely broken down and there have even strong reports the owner has contacted Maurizio Sarri about a shock comeback to San Paolo.
On the pitch, Victor Osimhen, Hirving Lozano, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne will comprise Napoli’s attack. The Azzurri record buy is 13/5 to open proceedings and all-time top scorer Mertens can be found at 15/4. Skipper Insigne is 7/5 to strike anytime and Lozano is 21/10. The travelling party are 13/20 to come away with the spoils and a stalemate is 14/5.
One to watch for Genoa: Strootman has been a revelation since moving from Marseille and adds a touch of class to the Grifone midfield. The one-time Manchester United target is 13/2 to bag anytime.
One to watch for Napoli: Andrea Petagna offers something different to Mertens and Osimhen and could be needed after the break if the Azzurri are pushing for an equaliser or winner. The burly hitman is 13/5 to grab the final effort.
Long shot: In a measure of their improvement over the last six weeks, Genoa took Juventus to extra-time in their Coppa Italia encounter. The Bianconeri had to bring on Ronaldo to ensure their participation in the next round of the tournament and a similar level of performance from the Grifone could hasten Gattuso’s departure. A 3-1 success for the hosts is 54/1.