Napoli vs. Hellas Verona
May 23, 2021 2:45 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 (-334), Under 2.5 (+250)
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Napoli is hosting Hellas Verona at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in round 38 in the Italian Serie A.
Napoli has been on fire lately, and if they were able to find that form earlier in the season, Napoli would have been in the title run. For the moment, Napoli is in 3rd place with 76 points, which is the Champions League spot, but unless they win in this match, Napoli could lose that Champions League spot, and that would be a disaster for them. With 85 scored goals, Napoli is the second-best offensive team in the league, but their defense just wasn’t good enough with 40 conceded goals. Napoli is also on a 3-game winning streak during which they scored 11 goals while conceding only 2 goals, and they have looked really well. In their last game against Fiorentina on the road, Napoli has had 60% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 87% of the correct passes. It took a while for Napoli to score a goal, but they succeeded in the 56th minute, and once again in the 67th minute. The final score was 0-2 in favor of Napoli. Insigne has scored 19 goals, while Lozano added 11 goals. Zielinski has 10 assists. Ghoulam and Koulibaly are both injured. Napoli is a great team in my opinion, and they are a well-balanced team, and I see them in the Champions League next season.
Verona has had some massive wins this season, and they have already secured their Serie A spot for next season, but Verona is in bad form at the moment. Verona hasn’t won any of their last 8 games while winning only 1 of their last 12 games. The good news for Verona is they have lost only 1 of their last 4 games while 3 games ended in a draw. With 44 points, 45 scored goals, and 47 conceded goals, Verona is in 10th place, and they will most likely stay there. With only 7 scored goals this season, Barak is the leading goalscorer for Verona this season, while Dimarco and Zaccagni have each added 5 goals. Lazovic has 6 assists. There are no injuries in Verona at this time, but Barak is suspended because of the yellow cards. In their previous game against Bologna at home, Verona was leading twice, but they just couldn’t hold onto that lead, and that game has ended in a 2-2 draw. This Bologna’s downfall was expected to happen at some point because Verona has barely invested in their team, they lack both quality and depth, and I think they are very lucky to have secured their Serie A spot that soon. In order to secure their Champions League spot, Napoli must go for the win. Napoli hasn’t lost any of their last 14 home games, and they haven’t lost in their last 8 games overall. The trends are on Napoli’s side in this matchup, and I see them getting one more win this season, a win that will get them into the Champions League.