Napoli vs Benevento
2017/18 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 17 September 2017
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
Despite their strong start in Serie A, Napoli were dealt a major setback in the Champions League as they suffered a shock loss to Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday one midweek.
The Partenopei are expected to qualify from their quartet alongside with Manchester City. However, with the Sky Blues crushing Feyenoord, they now have a mountain to climb in order to make sure they grab second spot. Until then, Napoli now have to turn their attention back to domestic affairs as they welcome Serie A debutants Benevento to the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday afternoon. Although they fumbled in the Champions League in a game they clearly should have won, they arguably have a very strong attack and should have no problems cruising to all three points here.
Benevento, as expected, have struggled in their debut Serie A campaign. They have yet to pick up a point, and have not scored in their past two league fixtures. Despite the fact that Napoli have their issues in defense, Benevento will struggle to find chances to score. The Partenopei are expected to pour forward in numbers and Benevento, who will predictably attempt to park the bus in a desperate effort to keep the score-line down, will see their resistance crumble at some point.
It’s going to be a case of damage control and once the dam breaks, Napoli should be off to the races. The hosts earned a clean sheet against Bologna whilst putting three past the Rossoblu and should be in similar inspired form for this fixture.
Napoli vs Benevento: Head-to-head statistics
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Napoli’s last 7 games.
The Partenopei have won their last 8 matches.
Napoli have scored at least 3 goals in their last 7 matches.
Benevento have never scored against Napoli in two prior attempts.
Benevento have lost their last 3 matches.
Napoli vs Benevento: Prediction
Napoli have seen at least three goals in their past seven Serie A games and there should be a similar result on Sunday. They’ve had their defensive problems but Benevento, who have failed to score in their last two games, will likely find it hard to do so in this match as well.
Napoli vs Benevento: Betting tips
Napoli to WIN – YES and BTTS – NO at 8/11 (1.73).
Over 2.5 goals at 4/6 (1.67).