Napoli vs. Spezia
December 22, 2021 2:45 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -225, Under 2.5 +175
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Napoli is hosting Spezia at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in round 19 of the Italian Serie A. Napoli was struggling in the attacking end for a while, and they still do, but they have beaten Milan this past weekend. Spezia is without a win in their last 7 games, but the good news is they have gotten a point in their last game.
Napoli is in 2nd place right now with 39 points, which is 4 points last than Inter, but they are not as effective in the attacking end. Defensively, Napoli is the best team in the league with 13 conceded goals, while they scored 35 goals in the attacking end. In that game against Milan, Napoli wasn’t great, but they have scored an early goal, and they were defending well since that moment. Osimhen, Mertens, Ruiz, and Zielinski are the leading goalscorers for Napoli with 5 goals each, while Insigne and Zielinski added 5 assists each. Osimhen is injured, and it seems Napoli is missing him a lot, but I think Mertens has done a great job stepping up. Koulibaly is also injured for Napoli. There is still plenty of time for Napoli to retake the top, but they need to start scoring more goals as they did at the start of the season.
Spezia might be outside the relegation zone right now, they have 13 points, and they are in 17th place, but they are only 2 points above Genoa, and honestly, Spezia is not playing great right now. With 39 conceded goals, Spezia’s defense is one of the worst in the league, while their offense is simply not good enough to pick up the slack. Spezia has scored only 18 goals. Verde and Gyasi are the leading goalscorers for Spezia with 3 goals each. Sena, Sala, and Salcedo are all injured for Spezia at this time. Spezia is definitely one of the main candidates to get relegated, but the good news for them is there are plenty of bad teams in Serie A this season, which means Spezia might get lucky and avoid the relegation. There is a lot of work to do for Spezia in the second half of the season but seeing they don’t have a lot of quality or depth; this seems like mission impossible for them.
Spezia hasn’t won any of their last 7 games, they have lost their last 6 away games in a row, and they have only 1 win on the road so far. Napoli is filled with confidence after beating Milan on the road, and they are now facing one of the weakest teams in the league, Yeah, I’m going with Napoli in this one.