Italy Serie A
(18 Mar 2018)
Napoli – Genoa
Match Preview: Three points required for the home side in Serie A
Napoli’s second Serie A defeat of the season against Roma two weeks ago meant that Juventus, the reigning champions, are now in pole position to win a seventh straight Scudetto. The Old Lady have been chasing the Naples club all season and have taken advantage of their recent slip-ups – Napoli’s loss was followed up by a draw with Inter – to claim a four-point lead at the top of the league.
Match Preview: Table Standings
Juve has a stronger squad and much more experience, so they are bigger favourites in the 10-match run-in. Indeed, the leaders are currently offered at 1.15 to retain the trophy in Tipbet’s Italian season bet markets. Napoli is at 2.70 but it would be a major shock to see them close the gap in the coming months; the top two teams do meet on April 22nd, however, in a fixture that could determine the destination of the Serie A crown.
Prior to their last two results, Napoli had won 10 league matches in succession, while the fact that they were eliminated from the Europa League by RB Leipzig means that the club can now focus on their final 10 matches with no distractions – unlike Juventus who are chasing the Champions League.
Genoa, their opponents on Sunday, are having a solid campaign having narrowly avoided relegation last season after finishing 16th. The club is now 13th but looking upwards and a top-half berth is still within reach. A three-game winning streak was ended by Bologna before Milan, who are much improved under Gennaro Gattuso, inflicted their 13th loss of the campaign.
Match Preview: TipBet Odds
Heading to Stadio San Paolo is a tricky assignment but Genoa will be eager not to lose the third match in succession at such an important stage of the campaign when momentum is key. They will have to upset the odds to get three points – Tipbet have them at 13.7 to do so.
Napoli, who have the division’s third best attack with 62 goals, are available to be backed at 1.25, and they are also 2.00 to score at least three goals. Check out all Tipbet’s odds.