Genoa vs Napoli Prediction, Preview, Lineups, H2H & Betting Tips
Genoa vs Napoli prediction for an upcoming midweek Serie A clash on Wednesday night, 25 October 2017. It’s struggling Genoa against leaders Napoli at the “Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris” in what is another vital game for both teams. Read on what our betting experts have to say in a detailed match preview, prediction and free betting tips.
H2H History: Genoa vs Napoli
Guests from Naples have left the pitch unbeaten in the last ten meetings between these two sides, winning seven of them. Meanwhile, Genoa’s most recent victory against Napoli remains nearly six years ago, in January 2012, when they won 3:2 at home. This is their only success in the last fifteen matches between Genoa and Napoli. On the other hand Napoli dominates, having 10 wins in that period.
Serie A: Genoa vs Napoli 25.10.2017
Genoa have had a terribly disappointing campaign, especially before the last two rounds. These last two Serie A weeks were extremely successful for The Rossoblu who now have six points earned from nine fixtures. Four of them came in the past two weekends – a valuable 2-3 away win at Cagliari, followed by a battling goalless draw against AC Milan last weekend at “San Siro”. Of course, that draw came against 10 men from Milan, as the hosts were with one player less for more than an hour after Leonardo Bonucci’s sending off. However, the last two outings have brought small signs of a revival which reduces some of the immediate pressure over Genoa’s coach Ivan Juric.
Napoli’s season couldn’t have been more different up to now. While they have lost in two out of three Champions League group games, both were away from Italy (vs Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City side), they remain unbeaten and independent table-toppers in the Calcio. Moreover, Maurizio Sarri’s men have thrilled even their own and proven to be one of the most passionate tifosi, but the neutrals as well, with a wonderful, fast-flowing style.
Napoli succeeds to play possessive football while consistently finding vertical passes in the last third of the pitch. Nevertheless, their flawless streak of 8 consecutive Serie A victories was halted by runner-ups Inter Milan on Saturday evening, in a high-quality, despite the result, 0-0 draw. The Partenopei played very well but just couldn’t find Samir Handanovic’s net.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Genoa enters into round 10 with two absentees – Argentine defender Nicolas Spolli and Ghanaian midfielder Isaac Cofie, but otherwise have a full squad to choose from. Expectations are that Ivan Juric will stick to a 3-5-2 formation, although The Grifone will have to be cautious in the two against one situations down the wings. The potential central midfield trio Miguel Veloso, Andrea Bertolacci and Stephane Omeonga, who is expected to start and add more pace to the line, will have many kilometres to cover in an area that is usually flooded by the team from Naples.
When it comes to Genoa’s attacking strength, Juric once again looks towards gifted Moroccan Adel Taarabt who looks certain for his starting position. Andrey Galabinov, Gianluca Lapadula and teenager Pietro Pellegri are all others competing for the target man role.
Apart from another long-term injury of the unlucky Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik, Maurizio Sarri can pick the starting lineup from a full roster. Napoli’s boss tends to rotate his squad slightly when facing a busy week and he may do it again in Genoa. Unquestionably, formation will remain the same, however, Napoli will try to concentrate their efforts in the left zone where Faouzi Ghoulam, skipper Marek Hamsik and Lorenzo Insigne are all set to start.
In addition to a skilled central-left side of Napoli’s setup, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon are the two others who are expected to cause a serious threat for the home side.
In the meantime, Vlad Chiriches and Amadou Diawara are two other options who may eventually refresh Napoli’s defense and midfield, respectively.
Genoa vs Napoli Prediction and Betting Tips
All in all, Napoli have to be considered as the strong favourites for winning the game. Any point won by Genoa would be another massive result for the hosts, who are keen to avoid worst possible scenario being one of the relegation pretenders.
Our betting prediction is mostly based on the attacking-mentality of the Partenopei and we believe they may leave some space for The Rossoblu, who will hope to breakthrough via counter-attacks.
Betting Tip: “Both teams to score – Yes”
Possible Lineups of Genoa and Napoli
Venue: “Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris”, Genova.
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni.
Genoa CFC: Mattia Perin – Ervin Zukanovic, Armando Izzo, Luca Rossettini – Diego Laxalt, Andrea Bertolacci, Stephane Omeonga, Miguel Veloso, Darko Lazovic – Adel Taarabt, Andrey Galabinov. (3-5-2)
SSC Napoli: Pepe Reina – Faouzi Ghoulam, Kalidou Koulibaly, Vlad Chiriches, Elseid Hysaj – Marek Hamsik, Allan, Amadou Diawara – Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon. (4-3-3)