Pescara vs Napoli
2016/17 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 21 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Stadio Adriatico-Giovanni Cornacchia (Pescara)
The last season’s Serie A runners-up Napoli start their 2016/17 campaign with a trip to face the newly promoted team from Pescara on Sunday evening.
Delfino Pescara earned promotion to the Serie A via play-offs after finishing fourth in the last season’s Serie B. However, their last spell in the top division was in the 2012-13 season, but they immediately got relegated back to where they come from at the end of the same season.
They were the second best attack in the second tier last season, but were 11th from top in defensive department. The Delfino must be considered as a team that like to take the game to the opponents and it will be interesting to see how they fare in the first match after gaining promotion back to the top division.
Napoli fought it out with AS Roma until the final matchday of the season to clinch the second spot. But they were heavily reliant on their star striker Gonzalo Higuain, who has now left for arch rivals Juventus. But Maurizio Sarri has plenty of back-up in the likes of Lorenzo Insigne, Manolo Gabbiadini and the 32 million signing from Ajax, Arkadiusz Milik.
Pescara: Team News
Francesco Nicastro, Hugo Campagnaro and Michele Fornasier will miss the opening match of the season through injury. The two loanees from Inter Milan, Rey Manaj and Gianluca Caprari are expected to start as the striking partners for Pescara in their opening match against Napoli.
Pescara: Expected Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Bizzari – Zamapno, Coda, Gyomber, Biraghi – Verre, Brugman, Memushaj – Benali – Capari, Manaj.
Napoli: Team News
The two new signings Emanuele Giaccherini and Lorenzo Tonelli are both injured and will miss the season opener against Pescara.
While fellow new arrival Arkadiusz Milik is available for selection. But he is likely to start from the bench with Manolo Gabbiadini is preferred to partner Callejon and Insigne in the attacking front.
Napoli: Expected Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Reina – Ghoulam, Albiol, Koulibaly, Hysaj – Hamsik, Valdifiori, Allan – Insigne, Callejon, Gabbiadini.
Pescara vs Napoli: Head-to-Head Stats
Napoli are unbeaten in the 11 matches played against Pescara in all competitions. They have won 9 and drawn 2 during the period with a massive goal aggregate of 20 to 4.
Pescara vs Napoli: Prediction
It is very unlikely to see a newly promoted side trouble a team of Napoli’s quality. But there will be plenty of enthusiasm at Stadio Adriatico following Pescara’s promotion back into the Serie A. However if they manage to hold Napoli to a draw until the last 10 minutes, a big upset will be on the cards. But I can’t see this happening.
Even without Higuain, Gli Azzurri are a fine side and they have plenty of fire-power upfront and this must win this fairly easy.
Pescara vs Napoli: Bet Tips
Napoli to score over 1.5 goals.
Napoli to keep a clean sheet.