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Prediction: Napoli vs Roma

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 17 Apr 2022

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Verdict: Roma double chance

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

In a contest that could prove to be an enjoyable affair on Monday evening, Napoli will welcome Roma to the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Napoli

Starting with the hosts, eventually falling to what was an action-packed 3-2 defeat at home against Fiorentina last time out, there is no doubt that Napoli will be seeking an immediate response here. Watching their three-match Serie A come to an abrupt end and still seeking some stability at the back end of the season, Head Coach Luciano Spalletti has seen his side lose some ground in this year’s title chase. Now sat four points adrift of AC Milan and facing what is a real uphill battle, the one-time Inter boss has also seen his side show some extended problems on home soil. Including that 3-2 loss against the Viola last weekend, Monday’s hosts have won just one of their previous five contests at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, a run highlighted by a 4-2 loss against Barcelona on European duties. However, if Napoli are to make an immediate return to winning ways here, they will be calling on attacking talisman Victor Osimhen to spearhead their charge. The Nigerian striker has bagged five goals in just his last three Serie A appearances.

Team News

Former Fulham midfielder Andre Zambo Anguissa can make his return from suspension here.

However, right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo looks set to miss out despite returning to training earlier in the week.

Roma

As for the visitors, managing to pick up some perfect revenge on Norwegian outfit Bodo/Glimt as they stormed their way to a 4-0 romp, the mood in Roma’s camp should be at a red-hot high. Extending on their Europa Conference League adventure and punching their semi-final ticket, Jose Mourinho’s men are enjoying an eye-catching purple patch at the business end of the season. Last seen in Serie A action picking up a 2-1 victory against relegation scrappers Salernitana, the former Manchester United boss has seen his side win four of their last five matchups across all formats. Skyrocketing their way up the Serie A table and with some in their camp even looking to make a late charge for the Champions League spots, Roma will be desperate to lay down another marker on Monday evening. Once again finding the net against Bodo/Glimt last time out, fans around the Stadio Olimpico will be calling on Tammy Abraham to lead their charge. Since making the move from Chelsea last summer, the England international has already racked up 15 top-flight strikes.

Team News

After sitting out on European duties a few days ago, Sergio Oliveira looks set to make his return here.

Likewise, Roma will be boosted by the return of skipper Lorenzo Pellegrini from suspension on Monday evening.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Including a 4-0 win against Bodo/Glimt last time out, Roma have won four of their last five matchups across all formats.
    • England international Tammy Abraham has recorded 15 Serie A goals so far this season.
    • Likewise, Napoli’s Victor Osimhen has bagged five goals in just his last three Serie A appearances.
    • However, Monday’s hosts have won just one of their last five contests at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
    • Napoli are unbeaten in each of their last four meetings against Roma, recording three wins.

    Conclusion

    Storming their way to a 4-0 romp against Bodo/Glimt only a few days ago, Roma could be smelling the chance to lay down a marker on Monday evening. Finding what has been a much-welcomed purple patch, Mourinho’s men have now won four of their last five matchups across all formats. With their sights now set on clinching a shock top-four finish this season, the one-time Chelsea boss will be looking to cash in on a Napoli squad that have shown some extended problems on home soil. With Monday’s hosts winning just one of their previous Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, an away double chance can be found at attractive odds here.

    Verdict: Roma double chance

    Best Odds: 19/20

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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