Coppa Italia champions Napoli return to the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday after the midweek win in Verona, and are very much expected to prove a cut above visiting SPAL.
Serie A 2019/2020
Date: Sunday June 28
Venue: Stadio San Paolo
Napoli returned to league action with a fine 2-0 win versus Hellas Verona last time out, Arkadiusz Milik and Hirving Lozano scoring the decisive goals to give I Partenopei another important victory in a campaign which is largely turning out to be a success.
After picking up their first title in over six years after the return of football, Napoli are expected to kick on from there, and on they have kicked by raking in their fifth consecutive away league win, alongside keeping a clean sheet in three of those games.
SPAL, second from bottom, are firmly enmeshed in relegation waters, having lost all but one of their last seven league games. All of their last three league victories had came away from home though they remain seven points shy of safety with 11 matches to go.
I Biancazurri next two games are against Genoa, Sampdoria and Brescia; three of the four sides directly around them in the standings, so they stand a chance of putting some important points on board in their bid to ensure safety.
Alex Meret and Stanislav Lobotka are both available again for Gennaro Gattuso’s team, but Kevin Malcuit is still out.
Etrit Berisha is sidelined for SPAL, so Karlo Letica will continue to operate in goal.
Head to Head
There have been five competitive meetings between these two clubs in their history, with Napoli winning four of those games and drawing one. This season’s reverse fixture ended 1-1.
Napoli last five competitive games: DWDWW
SPAL last five competitive games: WWLLL
Napoli have a great chance of pulling closer to Roma in fifth here, and their form suggests they should be backed to make it happen. They might have shared spoils the last time they squared off but this one should be a lot straight forward, and we expect the hosts to make their 2/7 odds on a straight victory count.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in six of Napoli’s last seven home games in Serie A, so there is a likelihood of goals emerging from this affair. With Milik, Dries Mertens and Lucas Insigne, the hosts posses enough firepower to trouble the best defences in Europe, talk less of going up against one that have shipped 45 goals. Bank on over 2.5 to play out here, and it is priced 4/6.