After that stunning last minute victory against Juventus, Napoli’s defeat at Fiorentina last week dealt a major blow to their title aspirations. With a four-point gap to Juve, nothing except a win is enough for Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Where and when: Stadio San Paolo – 6 May, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Napoli vs. Torino: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Napoli raced into a 3-0 lead at half-time when the teams met in Turin back in December, with Andrea Belotti’s second-half strike proving to be a mere consolation.
Napoli v Torino Predictions and Preview
Juve’s lead looks almost insurmountable with just three games left in the Serie A season. However, the Old Lady do face a trip to Roma, which offers a glimmer of hope to Napoli. This game against Torino is a must-win though.
After his dramatic late winner at the Juventus Stadium, it was the bitterest of ironies that Kalidou Koulibaly’s early red card proved so costly on Sunday. As harsh – and confusing, given the interference of VAR – as it may have been, the term hero to zero has never been so apt.
The Senegalese defender is suspended for this game, but he’s the only player who misses out for the hosts. Faouzi Ghoulam is back in training following a broken knee cap, giving Sarri a full complement of players to choose from.
The Gli Azzurri are heavy favourites in the betting, priced at 5/19. Torino, who are also missing Emiliano Moretti through suspension, are 13/1. Lyanco Vojnovic and Joel Chukwuma Obi are both recovering from injury and are doubts, while Antonio Barreca could make a return to the side.
With a trip to Sampdoria next, followed by a home game against Crotone to finish the season, Napoli will treat every game like a cup final as they bid to win their first Serie A title since 1990 and the days of Diego Maradona.
Torino meanwhile are sitting comfortably in mid-table, and likely to feel that a draw represents a very good result given the circumstances. If you fancy them to get it, that’s priced at 6/1. Napoli though have won each of their last five games against the Granata. The Bull managed a goal in four of those fixtures, with a home win and both teams to score bet available at 17/10.
One to watch for Napoli: Dries Mertens has 17 Serie A goals to his name this term, and 21 in total. The Belgian forward is the 3/1 favourite to open the scoring on Sunday.
One to watch for Torino: Andrea Belotti hasn’t been anywhere near as prolific this season as last, but he remains a threat and could be tempting at 10/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: Last season, Napoli beat Torino 5-3 at home and 5-0 in the return. Sarri’s side are 6/1 to score five or more goals once again, and 25/1 to win 5-0. A 5-3 home win is out at 250/1.