Napoli vs Bologna
Italian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 29 December 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
Napoli failed to take advantage of Juventus’ mid-week slip-up as they fell 1-0 to Inter Milan in the derby of the Matchday. The gap at the top of the Serie A ladder has thus been increased to nine points. Can Carlo Ancelotti’s men rebound and pick up a three-pointer in the last home fixture of the year on Saturday evening when Bologna come to visit Stadio San Paolo for the 19th round tie?
The visitors won’t come into the match in high spirits either. Filippo Inzaghi saw his men fall 0-2 to Lazio at home. Rossoblu are clearly in crisis when it comes to the build-up play moving forward. They did not score a single goal in last three league affairs. The slide in form saw the drop to 18th place in the league standings. Anything but a win at San Paolo will keep Bologna in the red zone ahead of the short winter break.
Napoli vs Bologna: Head-to-head
Napoli were just brutal in the most recent set of head to head fixtures with Rossoblu.
Partinopei won five in a row against Bologna netting at least three goals in each of these wins along.
Napoli scored 22 goals in last five encounters with Bologna (more than four per game).
Napoli vs Bologna: Prediction
Carlo Ancelotti’s men boast the second best attacking in home matches this season. They scored 20 goals during a streak of seven wins and two draws in nine home outings in this term of Serie A. They also own league’s best defensive record in home matches with just four goals allowed in 9 games at San Paolo.
Bologna are winless in nine away games this season. They lost five and drew four of nine matches away from Renato Dall’Ara netting just six times in the process. We expect this to be a one-sided contest from the very first whistle. Napoli’s clean sheet is the best of betting options, paid at 1.83 odds.
Napoli vs Bologna: Bet Tips
Napoli -1.5 handicap @ 1.83 (5/6)
Napoli to keep a clean sheet @ 1.83 (5/6).