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Roma vs Napoli: Predictions
Roma recently booked their place in the Europa League quarter finals, where they meet Ajax, after comprehensively seeing off Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 on aggregate, but Paulo Fonseca must quickly readjust his focus to Sunday’s proverbial six pointer against Napoli in the race for a top four finish in Serie A.
The Eternal City club have struggled for consistency since the turn of the year, but they remain hot on the heels of fourth-placed Atalanta, with just two points currently separating Napoli and Roma in fifth and sixth respectively from Gian Piero Gasperini’s Goddess in the final Champions League qualification place.
The Giallorossi were humbled 4-0 by Napoli in Campania back in November, a result that sent ripples across Serie A at the time, but they have not lost both fixtures in a single Serie A season to the south-western club since 2010/11 when Claudio Ranieri was manning the reins in the capital.
Gennaro Gattuso’s men by contrast have been in scintillating form in recent weeks and enter this contest riding the crest of a wave, with the Partenopei winning three of their last four games, while they also remain the only side to win at least three away matches against Roma in Serie A.
Roma vs Napoli: Match Stats
Fireworks are not expected to transpire in the opening 45 minutes, and we could be in for relatively low-scoring affair if recent trends are anything to go by. Only AC Milan (nine) have conceded fewer goals than Napoli (10) and Roma (11) in the first half of matches in Serie A this season.
However, if any player is going to leave a tangible impression on this contest, either in the first half or after the interval, it’s Lorenzo Insigne, who has netted three goals across his last two games to surpass his second-most productive scoring season in Serie A, now on 13. His best remains 18 goals from 2016/17.
It was a sobering experience for the capital club at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona at the end of November, with Paulo Fonseca’s side being comprehensively outfought in almost every department across the pitch, as Napoli ran amok in an eye-opening 4-0 win. Goals from Insigne, Fabian, Dries Mertens and Matteo Politano got the job done, but the hosts will be eager to avenge that capitulation and avoid another home thrashing similar to 2018/19, in which Carlo Ancelotti’s side ran out 4-1 victors, with Mertens also a scorer on the day.