Napoli vs Spezia
Coppa Italia – Round of 16
Date: Tuesday, 10th January 2017
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Napoli).
Napoli are arguable a team in form and their fighting spirit was evident in the 2-1 home win over Sampdoria on the weekend. They were trailing by a first half goal until the later stages. Then goals from Gabbiadini and Tonelli complete the comeback with seconds left on the clock. Napoli are unbeaten in their last 11 games. The last six matches alone produced 5 wins and are on excellent scoring form which saw them net 20 goals during the period.
Spezia upset two Serie A sides to reach this far in this season’s Copa Italia competition. They defeated Udinese 3-2 in the round of 64, before edging past Palermo on penalties in the previous round. The team managed by former Parma and Sampdoria head-coach Domenico Di Carlo are 10th in the Serie B. Their recent form is not that encouraging when coming against teams from higher leagues. But they have kept 4 clean sheets in the last 4 matches in all competitions, which is an evidence of their defensive capabilities.
Napoli vs Spezia: Head-to-head stats
The two meetings between Napoli and Spezia happened in the 2006/07 Serie B. Napoli won both the league fixtures on that occasion; 3-1 at home and 1-0 in the away leg.
Napoli vs Spezia: Prediction
The team from Naples are firm favourites to win this match and the odds are pretty low for the same. However, we believe that Napoli will be restricted to a narrow win here as Spezia are a team that would like to sit back and defend. They have already got past two Serie A teams. Moreover, they have little hope for a win here which means they are under no pressure to deliver a result. An Asian handicap with +2.5 goals to start with in favour of Spezia is recommended for this fixture.
Napoli vs Spezia: Bet Tips
Asian Handicap – Spezia +2.5 at 1.850.