Second place Napoli host fellow top four hopefuls Roma in the pick of the weekend Serie A clashes. The Partenopei have won seven of their nine league ties but will be wary of a Lupi side that won 4-2 at San Paolo last term, a result which played an instrumental role in giving Juventus the ascendency in the title race.
Where and when: Stadio San Paolo – 28 October, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Napoli vs. Roma: Eleven Sports 2
Last time: Cengiz Under got the pick of the goals during the six-goal encounter in March. The frustrating defeat coincided with Paulo Dybala’s dramatic last minute winner against Lazio.
Napoli vs. Roma Predictions and Preview
Home side Napoli come in to this mouthwatering contest after being held to a dramatic midweek draw against PSG. The Azzurri were minutes way from a fine win until an Angel Di Maria stunner took the gloss off the immense shift put in by all involved. Boss Carlo Ancelotti will probably freshen things up with Arek Milik a frontrunner for a role.
The big Pole has rotated with Dries Mertens and has a very respectable three goals from six league appearances this campaign. Milik will offer a more physical presence which will be needed against the sizable figures of Federico Fazio and Kostas Manolas. Milik is 6/5 to net anytime while current Napoli top scorer Lorenzo Insigne can be found at 4/1 to strike first.
|Over 3.5 goals||13/8||Offer|
|Napoli to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
|Both teams to score||3/5||Offer|
Visitors Roma fared more favourably during their European excursions, comfortably beating CSKA Moscow 3-0 to share top spot with holders Real Madrid. Eusebio Di Francesco’s men have scored eight goals from their last two Champions League duels with Edin Dzeko playing a starring role. The Bosnian leads the way with Lionel Messi on five efforts and will hope to translate this form to the domestic stage as the Lupi try to climb the table.
Team-mate Under is also a name worth considering. Despite the emergence of Justin Kluivert, the Turkish starlet is a fully fledged regular and his tally of six goal involvements to date is only bettered by Dzeko. Under is 11/4 to bag anytime while Roma are 18/5 to emerge victorious for the second trip in succession to Campania.
One to watch for Napoli: Jose Callejon does not get the plaudits of partners Mertens and Insigne but is still a real threat. The Spaniard plays primarily from the right but tends to drift inside which causes confusion for opposing defenders.
One to watch for Roma: With World Cup winners Daniele De Rossi and Steven Nzonzi sitting at the base of midfield, youngster Lorenzo Pellegrini has lined up behind Dzeko in a free role to promising effect. The local lad will get another chance to impress.
Long shot: Only league leaders Juventus have scored more goals than Napoli and Roma, which bodes well for the upcoming spectacle. The Lupi have Dzeko but Napoli have four or five men who can get on the scoresheet. A 3-3 classic is 68/1.