Napoli continue their top four battle in Serie A on Sunday afternoon, when Luciano Spalletti’s men welcome a Covid-decimated Salernitana side at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. The game is under serious risk due to the many positive players for the visitors side, but nevertheless the Partenopei must prepare in the best possible way after losing three of their last four clashes.
Where and when: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona – 23 January, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Napoli vs. Salernitana: BT Sport
Last time: Piotr Zielinski’s second-half strike made the difference in the first meeting between those teams this term, as Napoli beat Salernitana 1-0 at Stadio Arechi. The game took place back in October and was tighter than initially anticipated, while it also saw Grigoris Kastanos and Kalidou Koulibaly getting sent off after the break.
Napoli v Salernitana Predictions and Preview
Unfortunately, Covid has been and continues to cause a lot of chaos in Serie A after the holidays and it seems that the latest affected game might be the clash between Napoli and bottom-hitters Salernitana on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors have 11 first-team players, who tested positive for Covid, so the game is in huge doubt and is likely to be postponed. To make matters for them even worse Stefan Standberg and Mamadou Coulibaly are injured, while Lassana Coulibaly is representing Mali at the African Cup of Nations and will miss out.
This means that Stefano Colantuono will struggle to find enough players for the game if it goes ahead and this would put his side in an even worst spot. Salernitana are sitting at the bottom of Serie A with only 10 points and currently have both the worst attack and defence in the league, as their goal difference is 13:49
Napoli, meanwhile, sit third with 36 points, four behind league leaders Inter, who also have a game in hand. The Partenopei are five points above fifth-placed Juventus and according to Luciano Spalletti finishing in the top four is the main goal for his side this term.
Hirving Lozano scored both goals as Napoli earned a 2-0 win away to Bologna last week. The three points were even more crucial, as Napoli did that without a number of key players, but Spalletti has managed to recover almost all of them and only has Kalidou Koulibaly, Adam Ounas, David Ospina and Andre Zambo Anguisse absent for Sunday.
Considering all of the above it’s not surprising that the hosts are heavy 1/7 favourites in these Napoli vs Salernitana predictions in case the game takes place. A draw would be a huge result for the visitors considering the circumstances and can be backed up at 13/2, while considering the circumstances you’d be smart to stay away from the 20/1 odds for a Salernitana victory.
One to watch for Napoli: Dries Mertens has performed admirably well in Victor Osimhen’s absence, but with the Nigerian getting closer to full fitness, the Belgian veteran must fight for his place in the starting XI. Mertens has six Serie A goals to his name this term and is 18/5 to break the deadlock against Salernitana this weekend.
One to watch for Salernitana: Despite netting only three times in Serie A this term, Federico Bonazzoli is currently Salernitana’s leading top scorer. While this showcases just how bad the Granata have been this term, Bonazzoli will be one of the the few available first-team players for Sunday’s clash and is 20/1 to score the opener in this Napoli vs Salernitana preview..
Long shot: Salernitana already lost twice by 3-0 on their travels this term, while the result of their last visit in Naples was the same. A repeat of that scoreline this weekend is available at 6/1, while the odds rise to 136/1 if you add Dries Mertens as first and Victor Osimhen as last scorers in the game.