Bologna vs Napoli
2017/18 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 10 September 2017
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara (Bologna).
Napoli have started off the season quite well, with two wins from their first two games. In addition, the Partenopei have now secured their spot in the Champions League after successfully seeing off Nice, which finally ends Italian club’s frustration in the dreaded two-legged playoffs.
The last time Napoli visited Bologna, they humiliated the Rossoblu 7-1, and fans will surely be hoping to see another high-scoring encounter. Overall, matches between the two sides do tend to see plenty of goals, and in fact, there have been over 2.5 goals in the last nine matches featuring the Rossoblu and the Partenopei. Furthermore, Napoli have seen over 2.5 goals in 15 out of their last 16 away fixtures and it’s likely to see more of the same on Sunday.
Dries Mertens seems also to like scoring against Bologna. The Belgian has netted a hat-trick in two out of his last three meetings with Bologna so one shouldn’t be surprised if he adds to his total for the season during this fixture.
Napoli come into this game having earned a hard fought win over Atalanta prior to the international hiatus, and with one eye on their upcoming Champions League fixture with Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk, Maurizio Sarri will have to also take that into consideration when deciding how to balance his squad here.
As for Bologna, they are right where they need to be. A draw and a win have them sitting in ninth spot with four points, which isn’t a bad spot for Roberto Donadoni’s side. They did labor a lot more than they had wanted to earn all three points against a Benevento side that predictably parked the bus. But still got the win they needed and those valuable points will come in handy as they are expected to be one of the teams that may find themselves involved in the much dreaded relegation battle come later on this season.
Bologna vs Napoli: Head-to-head statistics
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 15 of Napoli’s last 16 away games
- Bologna have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 9 matches against Napoli in all competitions.
- Napoli have scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 matches against Bologna in all competitions
- Napoli have scored at least 3 goals in their last 6 matches
- Napoli have been winning at both half time and full time in 10 of their last 11 away matches
- Napoli have won their last 3 matches against Bologna in all competitions
Bologna vs Napoli: Prediction
Napoli are cruising along well, with two 3-1 wins to keep pace with Juventus, Inter, and AC Milan. The Partenopei clearly want to have a say in this season’s Scudetto race, and with four spots available for a Champions League berth don’t want to have to go through the play-offs again next season. Given their strong record against Bologna and their potent attack, they’re expected to pick up all three points in this fixture. Bologna may be able to nick a goal as only one of the last five meetings have seen both teams fail to score.
Bologna vs Napoli: Betting tips
Napoli to WIN and BTTS – YES at 15/8 (2.88)
Over 2.5 goals at 3/5 (1.60)