Napoli vs. AS Roma – Serie A, November 29, 2020

By Admir Aljic in Soccer
| November 28, 2020 5:33 am PDT

Napoli dropped out form the top four after a 3-1 home loss to the league leaders AC Milan, which was their second league defeat in three games, both at Stadio San Paolo. They are playing well in the Europa League, though, and are first in the group ahead of Real Sociedad and AZ Alkmaar, with two games to go. In Serie A, the Blues are in 6th position with 14 points from eight matches.

AS Roma is unbeaten in the last 11 games in all competitions, and they would have an even better record if it wasn’t that 3-0 awarded win to Verona in the opening round.

Although without some key players who are missing through injuries, Roma continues to impress lately, especially on defense as they kept the clean sheet in five of the previous six games. They already secured a place in the knockout stage of the UEL with a 2-0 win over Cluj in midweek, while they are 3rd in Serie A with 17 points, three behind the league leaders AC Milan.

Here is my Napoli vs. AS Roma betting prediction and get the latest news, stats, and H2H record along the way.

Napoli vs. AS Roma Odds

Napoli (-0.5) +117
AS Roma (+0.5) -141
Napoli to Win +125
AS Roma to Win +225
Draw +280
Over 2.5 -152
Under 2.5 +150

Napoli Team News and Stats

The passing of club legend Diego Maradona will surely have Napoli pushing more than ever for their sixth Serie A victory of the season (W5, L3) to honor a man who played a pivotal part in their only two previous league titles, and whose No.10 shirt was retired following his spell with the club.

A bit of Maradona magic would go a long way in Naples these days given that the hosts have lost their last two Serie A games at Stadio San Paolo by a two-goal difference. Scoring the opening goal could help get them back on track as 14 of Napoli’s previous 16 Serie A home matches were won by the team that scored first. Similarly, Napoli won six of the last seven home H2H duels in which they scored the opener (L1).

Gennaro Gattuso cannot count on Tiemoue Bakayoko (suspension), Elseid Hysaj (illness), Amir Rrahmani (illness), and Victor Osimhen (shoulder).

AS Roma Team News and Stats

Roma looks like early title contenders after registering three consecutive Serie A victories by a 2+ goal difference, which has pushed them into the top echelons of the standings. Indeed, they’re now unbeaten in 11 straight matches following a 2-0 UEL midweek win – a victory that saw them register a third straight European clean sheet for the first time since March 2007. Another clean sheet here would actually see Roma register consecutive Serie A shutouts for the first time since May 2019.

Without a loss in three Serie A games on the road (W2, D1), the visitors travel here with some momentum but tend to start slowly, scoring only two of their seven league away goals before halftime. Subsequently, despite being unbeaten in their previous five road games, Roma only led at the break once (HT: W1, D3, L1).

Paulo Fonseca will be without Ibanez (muscle), Marash Kumbulla (illness), Gianluca Mancini, Javier Pastore (hip), Davide Santon (illness), Chris Smalling (knee), and Nicolo Zaniolo (knee).

Napoli vs. AS Roma Pick

Each team recorded four wins in the previous ten H2H encounters, which is a clear sign that this game will be well-balanced and could go either way. Roma was better in two of the past four meetings at Stadio San Paolo (D1, L1), but Napoli will be highly motivated to get three points after the passing of legendary Diego Maradona, who was an icon at this venue and city of Naples.

Still, I would avoid betting on the winner because Napoli is only one of three teams in Serie A without a draw. That’s why I am going with a stalemate in this one.

  • Draw



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