Battle for Champions League royalty is heating up in the Serie A pitching side Napoli against high flying Roma at the San Paolo stadium. The match schedules for Sunday with kickoff at 22:45 GMT.
Napoli turned the tides that pushed the side further down the table with disputes in the dressing room. Coach Gattuso is transforming the side with a five winning streak for the side. The side is currently sixth on the table with 45 points with 12 points from fourth-placed Atalanta.
Napoli is still fighting for a top-four finish despite the wide range from the fourth spot. The side might have to contend for Europa football but face still competition from Roma and the incumbent AC Milan.
AS Roman was on the right course since the restart to edging closer to Champions League football. However, the side suffered a setback with a 2-0 defeat to rivals to AC Milan. Coach Fonseca sets to redeem his side against rejuvenated side Napoli this weekend.
However, Roma has something to worry about heading into the match. The side has gone four matches without a clean sheet. This streak is a worrying trend given the attacking threat posed by Napoli. In their last four matches, the side has been the first to concede.
Napoli vs AS Roma Head to Head
Both sides have 28 games between them with Napoli taking home nine wins while Roma with 14 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters in Serie A:
Roma 2-1 Napoli
Roma 1-4 Napoli
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 Team News
Coach Gattuso will head into the match without the services of midfielder Allan, who is suffering from muscle fatigue. Forward Milik is yet to regain his form before the restart. Out of contract, Mertens has proved to be a vital asset for the side. Another possible threat for the side will be Zielenski. There future of winger Callejon remains unclear with a possible exit for the skipper.
AS Roma Team News
Attacking midfielder Zaniolo continues on the sidelines with fitness issues. Another missing figure for the side is goalkeeper Paul Lopez with a fractured wrist. The future of Mkhitaryan at the club seems to become certain with the Gunners discussing the transfer of the Armenian. A possible swap with sensation Kluivert is on the table.
Prediction and Odds
We expect a heated encounter from both sides with each team in a position to take the win and edge closer to Champions League football:
Goals Over 2.5
Both Teams to Score