Napoli bounced back from the disappointing loss to Atalanta with a 2-1 win over Roma last Sunday and should have little problem dispatching Genoa who continue to slide towards the wrong end of the table.
Serie A 2019/2020
Date: Wednesday July, 8th
Kickoff: 18:30 pm.
Venue: Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris
Genoa superbly rallied round last Sunday to share spoils with Udinese thanks to a late flurry of goals from Goran Pandev and Andrea Pinamonti, as the I Rossoblù suddenly came alive in a game they had looked dead and buried.
However, they remain very much at risk of relegation to the second tier despite that point, as they teeter above the relegation zone on 27 points, two clear of 18th-placed Lecce with eight games left to play.
Genoa have not played outside the Italian top flight since the 2006-07 season, but Davide Nicola’s side are still searching for their first win since the restart and have suffered defeat in their last three matches on home soil.
Napoli on their part recovered from their defeat to Champions-league chasing Atalanta as they scraped a narrow 2-1 victory over Roma on the weekend.
Jose Callejon broke the deadlock for Napoli before the Spaniard’s opener was cancelled out by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Lorenzo Insigne’s 82nd-minute winner ensured that Gennaro Gattuso’s men came away with all three points against the European hopefuls.
I Partenopei have been in strong
form recently with six wins from their last seven league outings, testing defeat only once in their last 11 games in all competitions.
Domenico Criscito and Ivan Radovanovic are the only absentees for Genoa.
Kalidou Koulibaly and Diego Demme faces suspension here, while David Ospina, Allan and Kevin Malcuit are all still nursing injuries and will not be available for selection.
Head to Head
In 36 competitive head-to-head meetings between these two clubs, Napoli have 17 wins to Genoa’s seven. Twelve games have been drawn.
Genoa last five competitive games: WLDLD
Napoli last five competitive games: DWWLW
Genoa are capable of making life difficult against this interesting Napoli side, and so Gattuso and his side will not be taking this fixture lightly. Moreover, the hosts will feel confident in attack given the absence of Koulibaly, but then Napoli’s attacking threat makes them the clear favourites here, and we expect them to travel back to Naples with all three points.
An outright win for Napoli is priced 8/13, but you can even get improved odds of 5/2 for a Napoli win, as well as Genoa getting on the scoresheet.