Hellas Verona vs Napoli
2017/18 Italian Serie A.
Date: Saturday, 19 August 2017
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi (Verona).
Freshly-promoted Hellas Verona kick off their return to Serie A with a clash against a high-scoring Napoli on home turf on Saturday evening.
The Gialloblu were relegated back during the 2015/2016 term, but are back in the top flight after a season-long absence and will be hoping to make their stay a long term affair. However, they are expected to face a tough test against the Partenopei, who come into this game after taking on Nice for part one of their Champions League play-off tie.
Napoli earned a hard-fought 2-0 win over a nine man Nice in that game, and as such have one foot into the group stages. Whilst they really haven’t added much options to their squad, they have to be considered as options to challenge again for the Scudetto this season, especially given that Juventus have lost Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves in defense.
Although the Partenopei struggled early on after Arkadiusz Milik’s injury which damaged their title chances, the fact that they rebounded well with Dries Mertens taking on a false no. 9 role and is still performing solidly to the point that Milik can’t find his way back into the squad is a testament to the squad’s attacking depth.
Napoli’s attack indeed is one of the best in not just Italy, but in Europe. They are
expected to easily cruise to a relatively comfortable win against a Hellas Verona side
who will be playing their first top flight game after earning promotion.
Hellas Verona vs Napoli: Head-to-head statistics
- Napoli have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches against Verona in all competitions.
- Napoli have won 8 of their last 9 matches against Verona in all competitions
- Napoli have won 9 of their last 10 away matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Verona’s last 8 home games
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 14 of Napoli’s last 15 away games
- Napoli have scored at least 4 goals in their last 3 matches
- Napoli have been winning at both half time and full time in 9 of their last 10 away matches
Hellas Verona vs Napoli: Predictions
Dries Mertens grabbed a goal in Napoli’s 2-0 win, thus continuing his great form from last season. Don’t be surprised to see him open his Serie A account here as well. Hellas Verona look set to be in for a rough ride, as Napoli have won three out of four trips to this ground and will be full of confidence after effectively booking their spot in the group stages of this season’s Champions League.
Hellas Verona vs Napoli: Betting tips
Napoli to WIN and over 2.5 goals at EVENS (2.00) @ Bet365.