Preview - Cagliari vs Napoli 27 Feb

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Match Day 26
Cagliari vs Napoli
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
03:45 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Stadio Sant'Elia
Last five matches: L D W D L
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Leonardo Pavoletti (6)
Last five matches: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 2.2
Average goals against per match: 0.6
Top Scorer: Dries Mertens (15)

Napoli showed mettle in their clash versus Leipzig in the Europa League on Thursday; down 3-1, they earned a 2-0 victory but bowed out of the competition because of the away goals rule. Now, they only have Serie A to focus on. Napoli have a minimal advantage over Juventus and, with no other competitions to distract them, will field full strength squads week in and week out to secure the Scudetto.

Napoli began the year as a side that would head into matches looking to outscore the opponent. It didn't matter if they conceded goals, they just had to score more than the opposition. Now they are, along with Juventus, the most solid defense in Serie A. They have only conceded 15 goals all season. It shouldn't come as a surprise that in Italian football, the champion is usually the team with the best defense.

Speaking of good defense, the Partenopei have not conceded a goal in five of their last seven matches. They have won their last three away games without letting the opposition score. Head to head against Cagliari, Napoli holds the advantage. In the past six meetings between the two sides, Cagliari have failed to score in four of them. Dries Mertens will be a nightmare for Cagliari in this match. The Belgian has scored in his past five outings for Napoli, can he make it six in a row?

Prediction: Cagliari 0-2 Napoli


Half Time: 0:2
Full Time: 0:5
Shots: 6:15
Shots on target: 2:7
Corner Kicks: 1:2
Possession: 40:60

Napoli seized the opportunity to extend their lead over Juventus to four points after defeating Cagliari 5-0. The Turin side's match was postponed yesterday due to heavy snowfall.

The Partenopei have won 10 straight games in Serie A and are unbeaten away from home this season. Forward Lorenzo Insigne said after the match that they are playing every match as if it is a final and they know Juventus won't give up easily.

Jose Maria Callejon scored Napoli's first from a cut back from Allan near the endline in the 29th minute. Dries Mertens doubled his side's lead right before half time when he redirected an Elseid Hysaj cross into the back of the net after getting only the slightest of touches on the ball.

Captain Marek Hamsik got his name on the score sheet after the hour mark to extend his goal scoring record for the San Paolo side.

Lorenzo Insigne converted a penalty kick in the 73rd minute after Leandro Castan handled the ball in the box. Mario Rui finished the scoring when he curled in a free kick in stoppage time.

Napoli are chasing their first Serie A title since 1990, when Diego Armando Maradona was captaining the side. They are in great form and are determined to win the Scudetto. They control their own fate and as long as they fend off Juventus they will be crowned champions.

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