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Prediction: Napoli vs Torino

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 5 Mar 2024

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Verdict: Napoli win

Best Odds: 10/11

Bookmaker: Dachbet

Desperate to extend on their recent boost, Napoli will welcome Torino to the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Friday night.

Napoli

Starting with the hosts, while Napoli might have endured a public Serie A struggle this season, the reigning Italian champions have claimed a much-welcomed recent boost. Turning a corner since appointing new boss Francesco Calzona last month, the Sky Blues should be confident of making another statement here. Last seen putting in a stunning performance at the Francesco Calzona as they secured a 2-1 victory against historic rivals Juventus, the Naples-based outfit have collected back-to-back Serie A wins for the first time since the end of September. Signing off February with a remarkable 6-1 romp away at Sassuolo, Friday’s hosts should also be boosted by their largely rugged success on home soil. In fact, along with collecting 10 points from their previous four Serie A appearances in front of their own supporters, Calzona’s side have not suffered a single domestic defeat in Naples since back on December 3rd.

Team News

Dealing with a recent muscle injury, Swedish international Jens Cajuste is not expected to feature on Friday night. Likewise, missing all of Napoli’s last four appearances across all competitions, former Verona midfielder Cyril Ngonge remains a real doubt this weekend.

Notching five goals in his previous four outings, attacking talisman Victor Osimhen will spearhead Calzona’s attack here. Impressing off the bench last weekend and bagging the winner against Juventus, Italy international Giacomo Raspadori will be hoping for a full recall at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Torino

As for the visitors, while Torino might have opened the New Year with their sights set on mounting a genuine European charge, the Bulls find themselves at the heart of a recent rut. Missing out on what they had billed as a potential opportunity last weekend as they had to settle for a 0-0 stalemate at home against Fiorentina, Ivan Juric’s men have claimed just a single victory from any of their previous six Serie A appearances. Signing off February with an action-packed 3-2 loss away at Roma, the Turin-based outfit almost find themselves sat in top-flight limbo. Facing what could be a stern challenge on Friday night, Torino have continued to show some rather glaring issues on the road this season. In fact, Juric’s side have claimed just a single victory from any of their last eight contests away from the Stadio Olimpico Grande – a run that stems all the way back to October 28th.

Team News

Still dealing with a long-term knee injury and not making a single appearance since way back on October 21st, 24-year-old defender Perr Schuurs remains on the sidelines. However, Torino are hopeful that former Italy U21 international Matteo Lovato could return to Juric’s squad here.

Show a second-half red card against Fiorentina last week, former Empoli starlet Samuele Ricci will serve a one-match suspension in Naples. Despite notching just a single strike since completing a January switch from Roma, Andrea Belotti should spearhead Torino’s charge.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Napoli and Torino met for their reverse Serie A showdown on January 7th, Friday’s guests collected a stunning 3-0 romp on home soil.
    • However, Torino have claimed just a single victory from their previous six Serie A showdowns.
    • Napoli have collected back-to-back Serie A victories for the first time since the start of September.
    • Nigeria international Victor Osimhen has recorded five goals in his previous four appearances across all formats.
    • Torino have collected just a single win from any of their previous eight showdowns on the road – a run that stems back to October 28th.

    Conclusion

    While Torino might have secured a stunning 3-0 romp when they welcomed Napoli to Turin for their reverse Serie A meeting on January 7th, Friday’s guests should face a real challenge here. With the Bulls collecting just a single away victory since the end of October, the defending champions should be smelling the chance to make a domestic statement on home soil. Collecting back-to-back victories by an aggregate score of 8-2, we are predicting a home victory at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

    Verdict: Napoli win

    Best Odds: 10/11

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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