Napoli come into this season after having coming in 3rd in the Serie A last season. They have already faced Espanyol, Atletico Madrid, Bayern, Bournemouth and Chievo in their preparations which has given them quite a bit of competitive edge coming into this encounter. While they have not lost any players, they have added a few like Adam Ounas as their major transfer of the season. The large core of the team has remained in tact and have a great understanding with each other which saw them be the highest scorers in Serie A with 94 goals in 38 games, and that form has continued this pre-season already with 7 goals in their last 3 games. They also successfully negotiated a strong 2-0 win in mid-week over Nice and that will stand them in good stead as they travel away to take on Verona.
Verona come into the season with taking on some mild opposition losing to Newcastle while narrowly beating Sampdoria as their only notable friendly games. They had started the earlier round of the Copa Italia, and managed to secure that by a score of 3-1 against Avellino. Verona signed some Series A experience with Cerci and Caceres to help them negotiate this campaign; while Verde, Pazzini will lead the forward line for them aiming to add some goal experience. Verona didn’t have a good time of playing Napoli 2 seasons ago when they were in the same division where they scored 8 goals against them without a goal in reply.
Napoli look strong, in form and will be aiming to pile on the misery on Verona in their first game back. I am backing Napoli to win this by a couple of goals, and backing them on the Asian Handicap.