Napoli predictions with latest odds and stats
- Number of Bets: 46
- Winning Bets: 18
- Average Odds: 2.18
- Overall Stake : 340
- Profit: 254.67
- Yield: -25.1 %
Though Gli Azzuri have been one of Juventus and Inter’s main rivals for the past decade or so, they’ve hit a bit of a snag lately. After 4 back-to-back seasons in the top 3, they ended up 7th in 2019/20 – their worst result since 2012. So what happened?
It’s difficult to say. Perhaps their attention was divided between the domestic and international campaigns – the latter of which brought them to the Round of 16 of the 2019/20 Champions League. Few blame coach Gennaro Gattuso for the considerable drop in form, though the most obvious culprit is the defence. Napoli recorded the biggest concession rate last season since their return to Serie A in 2008.
Still, one bad season isn’t the end of the world. The bookies are quite aware a better outcome is very likely in 2020/21, and most sportsbooks price a Top 4 Finish at 1.60. Still, the lack of consistency doesn’t offer much confidence when it comes to taking the title, so an Outright Serie A Winner bet is priced at 6.00.
Napoli Key Players
The squad’s characteristic playstyle makes Napoli immediately recognizable on the pitch.
It centres around high-pressure possession and a lethal attacking trio. The trio in question has been switched around over the years, but this time we’ll be seeing a repeat: Lorenzo Inisgne, Arcadiusz Milik, and Dries Mertens. Speaking of which, Dries Mertens was the Champions League’s top goalscorer for the 2019/20 season, indicating that the strategy is a sound one.
That said, Milik will not be playing until 2021 due to a cross-competition ruling. That said, we’re likely to see new arrival Victor Osimhen take up his role.
It will be interesting to see got Gattuso addresses the defensive problems. Tiemoué Bakayoko was recently loaned from Chelsea, even though overcommitment in the midfield was already an issue Napoli faced.
Napoli rival clubs are mostly situated in the South Italy. Derby delle Due Sicilie against Palermo is the most significant for Napoli fans, as well as the matches against other Italian clubs from the south, such as Bari, Cagliari and Catania. However, most of these teams are not in Serie A at the moment, and the biggest derby in recent years is Derby del Sole, against Roma. These two clubs fought for the second place on the table for the last five years, so it's not strange to see this rivalry becoming more significant in the last decade. Of course, like every other major club in Italy, Napoli consider Juventus as one of their biggest rivals. As well as the matches against Roma, the matches against Juventus regained significance in the last couple of years.
Napoli are one of the oldest and the most successful clubs in Italy, in terms of the time spent in the top tier competition. This will be their 75th season in Serie A, and they spent only 14 years in lower divisions. The club won two Serie A titles in the late 1980s, led by one of the best footballers in the history of football, Diego Armando Maradona. He arrived in Naples in 1984 and he was welcomed by 75 thousand fans at the San Paolo stadium. Dubbed as the savior, he indeed saved the club and won the first title ever for any south Italian club! The tensions between the North and the South were at the peak during the 1980s and winning the title meant the world for the Neapolitans. The celebrations lasted for a week and the city was literally turned upside down. During the Maradona era, Napoli won both Serie A titles and they were also runner-ups twice. The Partenopei also won the Coppa Italia in 1987, the UEFA Cup in 1989 and the Italian Supercup in 1990.