Napoli vs SPAL
Italian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 22 December 2018
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
Napoli are looking for the fourth consecutive league win to try and keep ground on defending champions Juventus at the top of the Serie A standings. Bianconeri are eight points away at the moment, but Partinopei could potentially narrow the gap after this weekend as Allegri’s men play Roma simultaneously on the Matchday No 17.
Carlo Ancelotti’s troops are heavy favourites to see off SPAL on Saturday. They saw a Champions League exit in the group phase in spite of the fact they were unbeaten in opening five games of the campaign. It means they can now entirely focus on domestic success. Napoli struggled badly to break the deadlock last time around against Cagliari, but they somehow managed to find the winner late in the 91st minute of the affair through striker Arkadiusz Milik.
Napoli vs SPAL: Head-to-head
Napoli were the dominant force in the short history of head to head encounters with Spallini.
Partinopei won three and drew one of four encounters with SPAL.
Each of two H2H games at San Paolo saw a narrow 1-0 win for Partinopei.
Napoli vs SPAL: Prediction
Napoli were generally very tough to break down in front of the home crowd throughout the entire season. They only conceded four goals during a streak of six wins and two draws in eight home outings this term.
SPAL are generally struggling for goals particularly on travels where they found the net on six occasions in eight matches in Serie A this season. They are winless in past eight games in all competitions (including the Coppa Italia loss to Sampdoria).
Spallini could not find the back of the net in a goalless draw to the rock-bottomed Chievo last weekend. Backing the hosts to keep a clean sheet thus looks just to be the way to go and we will back it as the main betting option at 1.80 odds.
Napoli vs SPAL: Bet Tips
Napoli to keep a clean sheet @ 1.80 (4/5)
HT/FT Napoli/Napoli @ 1.61 (8/13).