Napoli go in search of their first Serie A win in four matches when they battle it out with Genoa. The Partenopei are in the midst of a mini-crisis, and have slipped out of not only the Champions League places, but the European reckoning altogether. Meanwhile, the Grifone sit in 17th spot under new manager Thiago Motta.
Where and when: San Paolo, Napoli – 9 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Napoli vs. Genoa: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Dries Mertens gave the Azzurri the lead but his effort was quickly cancelled out by Darko Lazović in the 1-1 draw in April.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Draw and both teams to score||6/1||Offer|
|Andrea Pinamonti to score anytime||10/3||Offer|
|Napoli to win 2-0||13/2||Offer|
Napoli v Genoa Predictions and Preview
Tensions are running high in the Napoli camp after a dismal sequence of results. To their defence, the Partenopei have been unlucky, rattling the woodwork on a number of occasions this term, and have seen some questionable VAR decisions go against them.
Carlo Ancelotti was dismissed during the pulsating 2-2 draw with Atalanta and took his place in the stands for the trip to Rome as his under-fire troops failed to get the better of an ever-improving Roma squad.
The Lupi won 2-1, extending their advantage over Napoli to four points and the hosts’ alarming slide down the division has coincided with not only Roma, but Cagliari and Lazio’s surge up the table.
Still, the Azzurri have the firepower to turn things around and current first-choice pairing of Dries Mertens and Arek Milik have fared well. The Belgian has seven goals to his name and Milik five and both men are expected to lead the line with Hirving Lozano and Fernando Llorente in reserve.
Mertens, who is closing in on Marek Hamsik’s all-time top scorer record for the club, is 4/1 to open proceedings and his strike partner is 11/4 in the same betting. Napoli are 2/7 to get a much-needed win.
Visitors Genoa have showed signs of improvement under Motta, despite falling to defeat in two of his three matches in charge.
Goran Pandev has scored twice since the change in management and will operate in the number 10 role behind Pinamonti. The Macedonian is 4/1 to register against his former team, while the Rossoblu are 10/1 to emerge triumphant and 19/4 to earn a point.
One to watch for Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne has seven goal contributions from 10 appearances and is 4/1 to score last.
One to watch for Genoa: Christian Kouamé has netted five times, bettering last campaign’s haul with 28 games to spare. The speedster has moved to a wide left role and has been one of the standout performers under Motta. The Ivorian is 11/1 to net last.
Long shot: The Azzurri have uncharacteristically shipped a large number of goals, a surprise given the central defensive pairing of Kalidou Koulibaly and Kostas Manolas is considered one of the best in Europe. Genoa will be cautiously confident, given they pushed Juventus all the way and were unfortunate not to come away with a point in the encounter at the end of October. A 2-1 success for the Rossoblu is 30/1.