Preview - Napoli vs SPAL 18 Feb

Started by aaguerra90, Feb 18, 2018, 01:15 AM

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Match Day 25
Napoli vs SPAL
Sunday, February 18th, 2018
22:00 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo

Napoli:
Last five matches: L W W W W 
Average goals per match: 2.2
Average goals against per match: 0.6
Top Scorer: Dries Mertens (15)
   
SPAL: 
Last five matches: L L D D L
Average goals per match: 1.0
Average goals against per match: 1.9
Top Scorer: Mirco Antenucci (6)

Lowly SPAL face a very difficult test as they face Serie A leaders Napoli in the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday. SPAL are fighting to survive relegation and will need to become only the second team to defeat Napoli in order to take all three points from this match. Napoli are coming off a terrible defeat in the Europa League against RB Leipzig, if the Partenopei are unable to put that loss behind them it may be a great opportunity for SPAL to pull off an upset.

Napoli still hold a one point lead over Juventus for first place in Serie A. Their home record is second only to La Vecchia Signora's, which does not bode well for SPAL. Their loss in the Europa League may be attributed to rotations, as it seems that coach Maurizio Sarri is prioritizing the Serie A over all other competitions.

SPAL will have to deal with Napoli's style of possession play and electrifying high speed attacks. So far, it has been overwhelming for every other squad in Serie A. If Lazio, a top four team, had a hard time dealilng with Napoli, SPAL, a team in the relegation zone, will surely be in for a tough 90 minutes.

Napoli have the best defensive record in the league and are one of the highest scoring offenses. It would be a shock to see them come out of this game without all three points.

Prediction: Napoli 3-0 SPAL

aaguerra90

Half Time: 1:0
Full Time: 1:0
Shots: 19:4
Shots on target: 5:1
Corner Kicks: 10:1
Possession: 77:33

Napoli responded to Juventus' win with a win of their own to reclaim the Serie A lead. The Partenopei and La Vecchia Signora have recorded straight victories since December 16th; they are both riding nine game winning streaks in domestic play.

Maurizio Zarri's men defeated SPAL courtesy of a goal by Allan in the sixth minute of the match to remain a point above Juventus. Dries Mertens and Jose Maria Callejon combined with some quick one touch passes. The Spaniard then played the ball into the box to Allan, who slotted the ball into the bottom right corner.

Napoli searched for their second and almost found it through Lorenzo Insigne, but he was denied by the post.

In the second half SPAL put pressure on Napoli and troubled goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Their attempts were ultimately in vain as the equalizer never came.

Marek Hamsik, Napoli's all time leading scorer, headed a ball into the net following a cross from Allan. The Slovak kicked and broke the corner flag in celebration for the goal, for which he was booked. However, the referee consulted with the VAR and concluded that Hamsik was offside.

The last time Napoli were this close to the Scudetto title, Diego Armando Maradona was still playing in the San Paolo. They have 13 matches and a visit to Turin ahead of them before making history.

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