AS Roma vs. Napoli - 3/31/19 Serie A Italian Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Napoli at AS Roma
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 8:00 AM (Stadio Olimpico)
AS Roma +200 / Napoli +125 / Draw +250
Roma is hosting Napoli in round 29 of Italian Serie A.
Roma is in a bit of a slump right now and there is negativity and confrontation between players as coach Ranieri is trying to do anything to clear the tension and get back on track. Roma is currently on 5thplace in the standings with 47 points and are only 4 points away from Champions League. Roma is a solid team with potential and young rising stars like Kluivert, Coric, Schick, Zaniolo and Under and experienced players like Kolarov, Dzeko, Perotti and their captain and Roma’s legend Danielle De Rossi. After a rocky start of the season, Roma’s defense stabilized and offense started producing chances and goals which made Roma third most efficient team in Serie A with 52 scored goal so far. El Shaarawy is Roma’s top goal scorer with 9 goals while Under added 5 assists. Roma’s injury list is quite long with some important players like De Rossi, Pellegrini, Manola, Florenzi and El Shaarawy on it and will not play in this game while Pastore and Kolarov are listed as questionable. In their last game against SPAL, Roma was the better team with 52% ball possession, 4 shots on goal and 79% of correct passes and have lost that game 2-1 and that’s when all of that tension culminated and supposed fight between some players broke out in the locker room after the game. Roma has been playing decent soccer as of late with most of their plays going through their wingers but their problem once again is defense who can’t keep the ball out of the net.
Napoli is one of the top teams in Italy and are playing best soccer with lots of nice plays and chances and more importantly goals. At the moment, Napoli is holding second place in the standings with no chance of getting to the top but Inter is getting dangerously close to them and are now only 7 points behind. Napoli’s top goal scorer is Milik who scored 15 goals and is one of the top goal scorers in Serie A. Napoli has players like Insigne, Mertens, zielinski and Koulibaly who is wanted by every top club in Europe. Carlo Ancelotti is one of the best coaches in the world and was signed by Napoli in July of 2018 and have lost only 9 games since then which only proves the good work he does iwith the club. In their last game against Udinese, Napoli was great with 66% ball possession, 5 shots on goal and big 90% of correct passes and have won that game 4-2. Albiol, Zielinski, Chiriches, Diawara and Insigne will not play this game because of an injury while Ospina and Ghoulam are listed as questionable. Napoli can’t reach Juventus at the top because of huge 18-point gap, but if they want to keep second place, Napoli has to keep winning because Inter and Milan are getting close.
Trends are mixed as the away team has won 4 of last 5 matches and because Roma has a lot of problems on and off the pitch I’m giving the edge to Napoli who seems to playing better soccer and has more stability on the defensive end.