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Prediction: Napoli vs Torino

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 17 Oct 2021

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Verdict: Napoli win & under five goals

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to extend on what has been a stellar start to the season, Napoli will welcome Torino to the Stadio Diego Armando on Sunday evening.

Napoli

Starting with the hosts, while Napoli might have been disappointed by that action-packed 3-2 defeat against Spartak Moscow on Europa League duties last month, it appears that was just a minor blip for the Blues. With the mood in their camp at a red-hot high and immediately finding their feet under new boss Luciano Spalletti, Gli Azzurri were last seen landing a very impressive 2-1 win away at Fiorentina. Marking their return from the international break holding a two-point buffer at the top of the table, the one-time Inter Milan manager has remarkably seen his side win each of their first seven Serie A contests. Now the only side from across Europe’s top-tiers that can boast a 100% start to the 2021/22 campaign, Napoli have also gained a reputation for their performances in the final third. With leading marksman Victor Osimhen already bagging four strikes so far this season, Sunday’s hosts have recorded at least a pair of goals in all seven of their Serie A victories.

Team News

After picking up an ankle injury, defender Kostas Manolas will be missing on Sunday evening.

Likewise, the Serie A leaders will also be without both Kevin Malcuit and forward Adam Ounas.

Torino

As for the visitors, left with real heartbreak on home soil when heading into the international break, Torino will be desperate to try and take the positives from their 1-0 defeat against Juventus on October 2nd. Watching the former Italian giants snatch a late winner in a contest that really could have gone either way, the Bulls have still managed to make plenty of improvements over the summer. Despite only just about managing to hang onto their Serie A status after a nightmare campaign last season, Ivan Jurić’s side mark their return with just their goal difference keeping them outside the top-half. However, while Torino might have managed to find some recent stability after a rocky start, they will be more than aware that they face a stern test on their travels this weekend. Suffering a 2-0 defeat when they last faced off against Napoli back in April, Jurić’s men have failed to win any of their last 12 straight meetings against Sunday’s hosts, a run that stems back to 2015.

Team News

Torino are still sweating over the fitness of both Tommaso Pobega and Dennis Praet ahead of their trip to Naples.

The Bulls have also confirmed that neither Marko Pjaca or Simone Verdi will feature on Sunday.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off back in April, Napoli landed a 2-0 victory on their travels.
    • In fact, Sunday’s hosts are unbeaten in each of their last 12 straight meetings against Torino, a run that stems back to 2015.
    • Torino have managed to score more than 1.5 goals in just one of their opening seven Serie A contests.
    • Victor Osimhen has scored four Serie A goals since opening the 2021/22 campaign.
    • Napoli are the only team from across Europe’s top-tiers that hold a 100% start to the new season.

    Conclusion

    Heading into the international break with an eye-catching 2-1 win away at Fiorentina, Napoli will be desperate to start off this weekend from where they finish earlier in the month. Only continuing on what has been a stunning domestic purple patch and winning all seven of their first Serie A contests, the Blues will be looking to lay down another marker here. Now the only side from across Europe’s top-tiers who can boast a 100% start to the 2021/22 campaign, they will also be boosted by a dominant record against Sunday’s opponents. Unbeaten in each of their last 12 straight meetings against Torino, a run that stems back to 2015, we’re backing a home victory here.

    Verdict: Napoli win & under five goals

    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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