Roma v Napoli Preview

October 16, 2013 | By

skybet_promo_newItalian Serie A action Friday Night comes from the Stadio Olimpico featuring Roma versus Napoli.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Roma v Napoli Preview, Serie A, October 18th 2013

Roma are currently riding high at the top of the Italian Serie A league table having won all seven of their opening games and will want to continue their excellent start to the new season by recording yet another victory at home against Napoli on friday night.

Napoli are currently placed in 2nd positon of the league table and are just 2pts behind their hosts as they prepare for this important game and although Napoli haven’t quite matched Roma this season from their opening seven matches, they have recorded six victories and one draw and everyone involved at the club will be fully aware that if they can win this game on friday night, then they will become the new Serie A league leaders.

Roma v Napoli Team News

Roma Team News:

Roma manager Rudi Garcia has a few injury problems to contend with for this game. Kevin Strootman, Maicon, Michael Bradley and Mattia Destro are all unavailable.

The hosts look likely to lineup in a 4-3-3 formation with Totti, Alessandro Florenzi and Gervinho spear-heading the attack up front. Alessandro Florenzi is currently the clubs top goal scorer in the league this season and will be looking for his 4th goal of the season on friday night.

Napoli Team News:

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez also has some injury concerns and will be without Raul Albiol, Christian Maggio, Camilo Zuniga and Gonzalo Higuain.

The visitors should lineup in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Goran Pandev leading the attack up front on his own with support behind coming from Marek Hamsik who is the clubs current top goal scorer in the league this season and will be hoping to secure his 6th goal of the season in this one.

Roma v Napoli Head to Head Statistics

Friday night’s game from the famous Stadio Olimpico will become the 27th meeting between the two clubs over the years from which Roma have managed 13 wins, Napoli have managed 5 wins and there has been 8 draws.

The previous 5 meetings between the two clubs as shown in our head to head statistics table below show both clubs having won 2 games each and the remaining game finishing all square.

19/05/13 SEA Roma – Napoli 2 : 1
06/01/13 SEA Napoli – Roma 4 : 1
28/04/12 SEA Roma – Napoli 2 : 2
18/12/11 SEA Napoli – Roma 1 : 3
12/02/11 SEA Roma – Napoli 0 : 2

Average Goals Per Game?

83 goals have been scored in the previous 26 meetings between the two clubs which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 3.19 which strongly suggests we should see at least a few goals scored during this game on friday night at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma v Napoli Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

Roma: W W W W W

Bologna: W D W L W

Roma completely dominate the recent form stats having won all of their previous 5 games played. Napoli are not far behind their hosts having won 3 of their last 5 played, but they did suffer a 2-0 defeat in the Champions League away against Arsenal.

Roma v Napoli Match Betting Odds Market.

Roma are on fire at the moment and it’s going to take a very good side to stop them winning games this season, so no real surprise to see the online bookmakers having the hosts priced up as the clear favourites to win this game on friday night with best odds of 13/10 from Coral (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) currently available.

The Draw has only happened once in the previous five games played between the two clubs, but with both sides having been in excellent form so far this season in the league, there is a strong case to be made about this game finishing all square and I can see plenty of interest from the punters with odds of 5/2 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) on offer.

Napoli are currently a best price of 9/4 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) to inflict Roma’s first defeat of the new season and that price doesn’t look at all bad considering they are unbeaten in the league this season.

Roma v Bologna Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

A very exciting game in prospect here as both of these clubs have been in excellent form so far in the opening few months of the new season and both head into this game un-defeated in the league.

Roma have the all important home advantage and with the way that Rudi Garcia’s side have been scoring goals at the Stadio Olimpico, the Napoli defence are going to be in for a very tough time of it come friday night.

However, Napoli have also had no problems finding the target and with Marek Hamsik having already scored 5 times so far this season he will obviously be one Napoli player that will be causing Roma some serious problems during this game.

The goal statistics suggest this game to see at least a few goals to be scored and with the amount of talent on show on both sides and the fact that both clubs have players in excellent goal scoring form at the moment I do expect this game to see a number of goals and betting markets like First Goal Scorer, Anytime Goal Scorer, Over 2.5 Goals, Both Teams to Score YES and Time of First Goal Scored should offer up some additional value.

The Verdict

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Category: Football, Italy, Season 2013-14, Serie A

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