Roma vs Napoli Prediction, Preview, H2H, Lineups & Betting Tips
Roma vs Napoli prediction for an upcoming major Serie A clash on Saturday night, 14 October 2017. Roma will be keen to put an end to Napoli’s flawless league run when the Partenopei travel on North once again, couple of weeks after beating Lazio at the same stage. Read more in our detailed match preview, prediction and free betting tips.
H2H History: AS Roma vs Napoli
Before losing 1:2 to Napoli at the “Stadio Olimpico” in March, Roma could boast with five consecutive home wins over their southern rivals. Anyway, the away team came out as a winner on both occasions when they have met in the 2016-17 Serie A season. The Giallorossi were those who won the clash in Naples on 15 October last year, which is one of the three victories they have against Napoli in their last five meetings.
Serie A: AS Roma vs Napoli 14.10.2017
After a bittersweet break dedicated to the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, club football returns into action in what promises to be a fascinating round in the Italian Calcio. Less than a hour after the Serie A’s round 8 opener between reigning champions Juventus and Roma’s city rival Lazio, Roma takes on Napoli. Meanwhile, that’s only the first night as on Sunday Inter and AC Milan are set for the first Derby della Madonnina edition in current campaign.
Despite the two other screamers, the game to watch in round 9 will most likely take place in Rome where we have the two most attack-minded sides facing each other.
The Giallorossi have won 5 of their 6 Serie A matches this season, with their only defeat (1:3) coming at home to Inter Milan at the end of August. Moreover, Eusebio Di Francesco’s men are heading to this clash with five consecutive wins on all fronts, preceded by a goalless draw vs Atletico Madrid in the opening Champions League round. Undoubtedly the most impressive result in these five wins was a 0:2 victory over AC Milan at “San Siro”, right prior the international break.
On the other hand Maurizio Sarri’s side sits on top of the Serie A table with 21 points out of 21 possible, netting 25 goals and conceding just 5 in 7 rounds. Napoli are yet to drop any points in Italy, but already lost to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League which shows they are not invincible. However, the Partenopei have won 13 of their last 14 away fixtures in Serie A, scoring a total of 45 goals in the process. Their only slip in that period was in end of April when Eusebio Di Francesco was the one who stole a point with his former club Sassuolo – a 2:2 draw.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Visitors from Naples hope to extend their fine Serie A form and to remain unbeaten away from home for at least a year. Their last defeat was in Turin – 2:1 vs Juventus on 29 October 2016, followed by 15 wins and 2 draws.
Maurizio Sarri has a fantastic trio up front but he doesn’t have many options to rotate if necessary, especially when Arkadiusz Milik suffered another bad injury. Belgian forward Dries Mertens is the one who sparks for Napoli as he found the back of the net 13 times in his last 11 Serie A rounds, but only 4 of the goals were scored away from the “Stadio San Paolo”. So Mertens, Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne are those who must score for Napoli in any of the upcoming double shifts, as the team is also engaged with some significant Champions League encounters in the next two months, starting with a visit to Manchester City on Tuesday.
“The Roman Wolves” must also prepare for a very serious two-legged matchup waiting on the corner. Indeed, Roma will face Antonio Conte’s Chelsea twice in space of two weeks, travelling to London a few days after their home game vs Napoli. This will be a massive challenge for Eusebio Di Francesco and surely an opportunity that the 48-year-old Italian manager is willing to take. Unfortunately, Di Francesco must try to stop Napoli’s winning streak without some absentees in face of Emerson Palmieri, Gregoire Defrel, Stephan El Shaarawy, Patrik Schick, who miss out for sure, while Rick Karsdorp and Kevin Strootman are both doubts. Captain Daniele De Rossi and Lorenzo Pellegrini are two others who are marked as doubtful, but they should be ready to start from the outset.
Good news are related with name of Diego Perotti who returns from his ankle problem to complete Roma’s trident attack. With availability of two quality players who are expected to cause a lot of trouble pushing through the wings (Perotti and Alessandro Florenzi), Edin Dzeko is the one who must take the main scoring responsibility and it seems that Bosnian striker is ready for that. Dzeko finds in a stunning form, scoring 7 goals in 6 Serie A games.
AS Roma vs Napoli Prediction and Betting Tips
Like we already highlighted, we have the most attacking-minded Serie A teams in a direct duel and there are high expectations on a possibility of another spectacular encounter. In fact, Roma and Napoli have never produced a goalless draw at the Stadio Olimpico with an incredible average of 3.11 goals scored per game.
Although all the preconditions suggest another high-scoring match and a slight advantage has been given to the guests from Napoli, we believe that Roma are one of the potential sides who can end their winning streak. Even more, The Giallorossi are capable to claim the whole set of points and our betting prediction goes on the home team – place a medium stake on Roma with the Asian Handicap 0 (Draw No Bet) on their side. Sooner or later the lack of rotations in Napoli’s attack will be crucial.
Possible Lineups of AS Roma and Napoli
Venue: “Stadio Olimpico”, Roma.
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi.
AS Roma: Alisson – Aleksandar Kolarov, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Bruno Peres – Radja Nainggolan, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Daniele De Rossi – Diego Perotti, Edin Dzeko, Alessandro Florenzi. (4-3-3)
SSC Napoli: Pepe Reina – Elseid Hysaj, Raul Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Faouzi Ghoulam – Marek Hamsik, Jorginho, Allan – Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne. (4-3-3)