With hopes to clinch the Serie A title, Italian giants Napoli will host mid-placed Verona on Saturday at the Sao Paolo stadium. The match is set with the kickoff slated at 17:00 GTM.
Napoli currently is fourth in the Serie A title race top tier. This comes after a backdrop of goalless draws over the last weeks leading to the International Break to Torino and Genk. Coach Carlo Ancelotti will face an uphill battle in maintaining the top four slot this season with new teams such as Atalanta and Roma.
Verona will be heading to Naples following a 2-0 victory over struggling Sampdoria in their last league outing. The team has had a mixed share of results following two victories, two draws and two losses in their last six matches.
With Ancelotti 6 points clear of league contenders Juventus, it will be hard for the Naples to drop this points at home. Following an impressive first league of the Champions League, they are now focused on securing their Serie A championship.
Napoli vs. Verona Head to head
Napoli and Verona have played 11 games together with Napoli winning 10 games and only conceding one loss. Here is a look at the results from both teams in past matches:
- Napoli 2-0 Verona
- Verona 1-3 Napoli
- Napoli 3-0 Verona
- Verona 0-2 Napoli
- Verona 2-0 Napoli
- Napoli 6-2 Verona
- Napoli 5-1 Verona
- Verona 0-3 Napoli
Napoli Team News
Napoli is set to benefit from the return of Kalidou Koulibaly from suspension which saw the center back miss out on two games. Elseid Hysaj was taken off the pitch in the 0-0 draw against Torino in the first half is highly unlikely to feature.
Other ansentees in the Saturday game include defenders Marco Rui and Nikola Maksimovic. New signing Hirving Lonzano sustained an ankle injury which ruled him out of some matches. However, there is a number of attacking options form Insigne, Milik and Mertens who are available.
Verona Team News
Verona are set to enter the match without the services of midfielder Daniel Bessa. Teammate Emmanuel Badu is also set to miss out on the match. However, there are no other injuries on the team with a stable outlook ahead of the game. Attacking duo Stepinski, Verre and Zaccagni will cause a threat to the Naples.
Prediction and Odds
- Napoli win –
- Goals Under 3.5
- Double Chance