Napoli vs Parma
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: Wednesday 26 September 2018
Kick-Off: 20:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
Napoli will face Juventus in a crunch clash over the weekend, but first the Partenopei will have to make sure they don’t drop points against a Parma side who are slowly growing in confidence.
After a rough start, the Crociati are inching their way up the table. Back-to-back wins have moved them out of the drop zone and they come into this game having beaten Cagliari, and more impressive, Inter.
Even more noteworthy is the fact that they managed these two wins without conceding a goal, but that will be put to the test against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Napoli are three points behind Juventus in the table and know they cannot afford any more slip-ups. Were it not for their shock 3-0 defeat to Sampdoria, they would still be tied on points with the Bianconeri.
Still, this is a team coming to terms with a new coach and new methods, and there are bound to be some teething problems.
So far, they have beaten Lazio and AC Milan in come-from-behind wins and ground out a 1-0 victory over Fiorentina.
Last weekend, they saw off Torino and they will want to gear up for the clash with Juventus by picking up a midweek win.
Last season, Napoli chased Juventus all the way and nearly knocked them off their Scudetto perch after beating the Bianconeri in Turin.
However, they wobbled at the last moment, allowing La Vecchia Signora to regroup and ultimately finish just four points clear.
Parma will hope to spring another upset after beating Inter, but Napoli are a formidable side at home, where they have not lost since March in Serie A action.
Napoli vs Parma: Head-to-head statistics
- Napoli have won five of their last nine meetings with Parma at the Stadio San Paolo (W5 D1 L3)
- Napoli have won six of their last seven home fixtures
Napoli vs Parma: Prediction
Napoli have been quite strong on home turf, where they have won six of their last seven and haven’t lost at home since March.
Still, Parma are growing in confidence and could nick a goal after shocking Inter and earning a hard-earned win against Cagliari recently.
Napoli vs Parma: Betting tips
Under 3.5 goals at 5/8 (1.62)
Napoli – WIN and BTTS – YES at 19/10 (2.90).