Napoli vs Roma

Napoli take on Roma in this encounter in the Serie A in what is most definitely the game of the weekend in Italy with the 2nd and 3rd sides in the Italian table taking on each other looking to keep up the pressure against Juventus who play later on in the day. Napoli come into this game after a disappointing loss to Atalanta 1-0 away from home, and will be looking to turn around this form in this encounter. The only disappointing thing in this encounter is that Milik is out injured, but Napoli have plenty of additional firepower with the likes of Gabbiadini looking set to replace him and also they have Mertens, Insigne, Callejon who will be providing support as well. The Napoli defense has been a bit shaky in recent weeks, conceding goals in 3 out of 4 games played at home this season and in such a tight encounter, you can expect goals flowing.

Roma come into this game after some good momentum after beating Inter Milan during the last round of fixtures, and that really motivated the side in a very big way. With the likes of Dzeko, Sharaawy and Salah up front, you know that goals are always likely to come through as they have in all bar 1 of Roma’s domestic games this season. The challenge for Roma will be keeping a clean sheet in this encounter as they have conceded in every away game and have not won any of them.
Roma going back to last season have average over 5.8 corners in their away fixtures, which showcases the great width and crosses that they put in the box. They have played 2 difficult fixtures away from home this campaign against Torino and Fiorentina which saw them smash 13 and 6 corners respectively. If we look at this season alone, they average 8.1 corners per game.
This corners bet would have landed in 6 out of 7 games Roma have played this season in the league, and I expect this run to continue in this encounter, so I am backing Roma over 4.5 corners in this game.
Over 2.5 goals has been scored in 9 of Roma’s last 10 away games while 3 out of 4 Napoli home games have seen over 2.5 goals being scored. With both teams look for goals to keep up the momentum, I am going with Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals in this encounter.

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