Napoli continue their battle for top four on Sunday evening, when Luciano Spalleti’s men travel up north to face Venezia at Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo. The Partenopei are currently on a three-games winning streak, while Paolo Zanetti’s men are winless in their last nine and are just one point above the danger zone.
Where and when: Pier Luigi Penzo – 6 February, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Venezia vs. Napoli: BT Sport
Last time: Lorenzo Insigne converted a penalty, while Eljif Elmas added a second, as Napoli earned a 2-0 victory at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in a game that was the Serie A opener for both sides.
Venezia v Napoli Predictions and Preview
Napoli prepare for another test against one of Serie A’s newcomers after beating Salernitana 4-1 last time, as the Partenopei visit Venezia after the mini-winter break in Italy.
Luciano Spalleti’s men had a quiet January mercato that saw them bring in only Axel Tuanzebe on loan from Manchester United, but the good news for the ex-Roma tactician are that he now has almost his full squad available. This should help Napoli’s cause, as Spalletti’s boys won their last three games and are unbeaten in their last four visits – a streak that allowed them to climb up to second place in the table.
Venezia, meanwhile, have been sliding down the table with worrying temps, as Paolo Zanetti’s men are 17th, just one point above the relegation zone. The Flying Lions were beaten 2-1 by Inter in their last game and while can barely be a disaster, the Arancioneroverdi lost four of their last six home games and are winless in nine consecutive Serie A outings.
To make matters even worse for the home side, Covid hit them in January, with no less than 10 first-team players testing positive last month. While some of them are on their way to recover, it’s still unlikely they’ll make it in time, which means that Zanetti is in a tough spot before the clash against Napoli.
Venezia vs. Napoli full time result odds
Venezia have been hit heavily by Covid, as seven first-team players, including goalkeeper Sergio Romero, influential midfielders Gianluca Busio and Domen Crnigoj, as well as arguably their best player Mattia Aramu are also serious doubts for the clash against Napoli.
The Partenopei managed to recover most of their players and should start with both Victor Osimhen and Dries Mertens in attack, as the only notable absentees for Luciano Spalletti are Adam Ounas, Kalidou Koulibaly and Andre Zambo Anguissa.
Napoli would’ve been heavy favourites entering this clash anyway, but considering Venezia’s poor form and many absentees, it’s hard to look at anything beyond a victory for the visitors at 4/9 in these Venezia vs. Napoli tips.
Venezia vs. Napoli under 2.5 goals
The last three meetings between those teams have seen under 2.5 goals, while the same applies for Napoli’s last three games on the road. Venezia have several key player missing due to Covid, so Paolo Zanetti’s side will be significantly weakened and the tactician might be forced into a more conservative approach against one of the best teams in the league. Considering all this we are going with under 2.5 goals in our predictions at 11/10, while you can also pair this with No in the Both Teams to Score market, which raises the odds to 3/1.
Venezia vs. Napoli correct score odds
Napoli earned a 2-0 victory over Venezia at the start of the current Serie A campaign, while the Partenopei also beat Bologna with the same score away from home in their last game. Therefore a 2-0 win for the visitors in these Venezia vs. Napoli tips is our choice in the correct score market and it can be backed up at 7/1, while the odds raise 34/1 if you add Dries Mertens as first scorer.
Venezia vs. Napoli first goalscorer odds
Dries Mertens’ future at Napoli beyond this season is far from certain, but the Belgian veteran continues to deliver. The 34-year-old is the leading scorer for his side in Serie A with seven strikes, while he also netted three of those in his last four outings. At 10/3 Mertens is one of the main favourites to break the deadlock and is our preferred pick in the first scorer market.