Serie A front-runners Napoli face an inconsistent Roma side in danger of slipping out of top four contention.
The Giallorossi were comprehensibly outplayed on home soil by a resurgent Milan team, and there’s no respite for Eusebio Di Francesco’s men as they prepare to enter the San Paolo cauldron.
Where and when: Stadio San Paolo – 3 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Napoli vs. Roma: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Lorenzo Insigne scored the game’s only goal in the first-half.
Napoli v Roma Predictions and Preview
12 months ago, the Giallorossi were at their swashbuckling best, playing the best football in the division. Star pairing Radja Nainggolan and Edin Dzeko were dazzling on a weekly basis and their outstanding performances ensured Roma finished above their much-fancied opponents this weekend.
This high level has not been replicated this season and the Lupi are struggling. Nainggolan has failed to hit the lofty heights of 2016-17 while Dzeko has also been below par for most of the current term. The Bosnian was left on the bench for the contest against Milan and his replacement, Patrik Schick, fared no better. Roma are heavily reliant on their main striker and have unsurprisingly toiled when Dzeko has gone off the boil. In contrast, bitter rivals Lazio continue to plunder in the goals and this could be the difference between fourth and five come mid-May. Roma are 4/1 to pull off a surprise triumph.
The mood in Napoli is far happier and there is a real sense of excitement in the camp. The Partenopei were unfortunate to lose their Europa League Last 32 tie with RB Leipzig on away goals. Maurizio Sarri’s travelling squad gave a good account of themselves and full focus will now switch to domestic duties and their Scudetto dream.
Napoli go in search of a record 11th consecutive league win following their five star display away at Cagliari on Monday night as they extended the gap to four points over closest competitors Juventus. The Azzurri are available at 8/15 to take a titanic step towards the title.
One to watch for Napoli: Hometown hero Lorenzo Insigne has double figures for the year and opposing right-back Bruno Peres is likely to be in for a long night. The diminutive attacker is 4/1 to open the scoring.
One to watch for Roma: After a difficult first few months, Cengiz Under is now one of the first names on the team sheet and is priced at 13/1 to bag any time during the 90.
Long shot: Di Francesco needs a big performance from Nainggolan and Dzeko. The duo are the standout players for the visitors and if the Lupi are to get anything from the showdown, vital contributions from both are needed. A 3-2 victory for Roma is priced at 40/1 and would inspire confidence for the remainder of the campaign with crucial ties against Lazio and Juventus still to come.