There will be fireworks at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday 31st March 2019 when AS Roma host Napoli in their Serie A matchday 29. The action will kick-off at 14.00GMT. The two sides are evenly matched hence a tough match is expected.
After a shocking away loss to SPAL 2013 in their last Serie A match, AS Roma has a better opportunity to entertain their home fans. The loss put them 4 points apart from the fourth placed AC Milan. With their eyes fixed on securing a slot in the Champions League either directly or through play-offs, losing for Roma is not an option especially at home. At number 5, Roma has to give it all to see that they win over the weekend.
Napoli on the other hand is almost sealing their place at number 2. With 15 points difference between them and leaders Juventus, winning the silverware is unlikely for them. All they have to do is avoid falling back. Of late, Napoli has been settling mostly for draws which has reduced its title chances.
Roma has been performing well at home. Roma has recorded 5 wins out of their 6 home fixtures. The travelers on the other hand have recorded mostly draws in their travels. With the cup almost taken by Juventus, Napoli has little to lose and hence is going to retain their attacking kind of play. With this in mind, it is worth placing our money for the match to end in a draw just like their first leg of the season.
Roma vs. Napoli Head to Head
The two sides Roma and Napoli have crashed 29 times. Roma has won 14 times and lost 9 times to Napoli. 7 of their meetings ended in a draw. Here is a deeper look into 8 of their 8 most recent meetings and how each team scored:
- Napoli 1-1 Roma
- Napoli 2-4 Roma
- Roma 0-1 Napoli
- Roma 1-2 Napoli
- Napoli 1-3 Roma
- Roma 1-0 Napoli
- Napoli 0-0 Roma
- Roma 1-0 Napoli
Roma has almost half of their squad nursing injuries. With 9 players out, they have little options to choose from. However, they will be relieved to play Lorenzo Valeau who has recuperated from his knee injury since late October 2018.
Napoli has quite a number of injuries to contend with. Amadou Diawara, Raul Albiol, David Ospina, Lorenzo Insigne, and Vlad Chiriches are all nursing injuries. Piotr Zielinski is also serving a one-match ban.
Prediction and Odds
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Roma is under pressure to perform in order to secure a place in the Champions League. If they fall short at least Europa League will be waiting for them. Napoli is comfortably contended with number two. With 15 points difference from leaders and 7 points clear of the third-placed Inter, Napoli has little to lose. A draw for them is good to go and that is what they will get. Here are our best bets of the match.
- The match to end in a draw
- Both teams to score
- Under 2.5 goals on full time