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Mar 02, 2018, 09:03 PM Last Edit: Mar 05, 2018, 01:21 AM by aaguerra90
Match Day 26
Napoli vs Roma
Sunday, March 4th, 2018
03:45 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo

Napoli:
Last five matches: W W W L W
Average goals per match: 2.3
Average goals against per match: 0.6
Top Scorer: Dries Mertens (16)

Roma:  
Last five matches: L L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.5
Average goals against per match: 0.8
Top Scorer: Edin Dzeko (11)

Another big game in Serie A, this one pitting first versus fifth. Napoli host Roma as the Serie A leaders look to maintain their distance from Juventus and claim the Scudetto.

Roma have fallen out of the top four after some poor results, but they aim to make a run at a top four spot to secure Champions League play next season. Il Gialorrossi have a terrible record against top eight sides this year, losing five of six. This bad streak includes a 1-0 loss at home to Napoli earlier in the season. If Roma have any hope of qualifying for Champions League football next year, they must start getting three points against direct rivals for the top four spots.

Napoli have won 10 straight at the San Paolo, including last week's 5-0 rout of Cagliari. Il Partenopei head into this one in great form. Their defense has been superb, keeping a clean sheet in six of their last eight matches. Up top, Dries Mertens has found his scoring boots again and has six goals in his last six Serie A appearances. The Belgian scored two against Roma last year, he will want to do the same in this meeting.

Prediction: Napoli 2-0 Roma

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Half Time: 1:2
Full Time: 2:4
Shots: 22:9
Shots on target: 14:5
Corner Kicks: 10:2
Possession: 65:35

Roma put a huge dent in Napoli's title hopes by defeating them 4-2 at the San Paolo today. Napoli held a four point lead, with an extra game played, over Juventus heading into this match.

The home side got off to a great start when Lorenzo Insigne opened the scoring in the sixth minute. Insigne met a cross by Mario Rui and poked the ball into the back of the net.

Celebrations were short lived as Roma found the equalizer only a minute later. Napoli were dispossessed at midfield by Radja Nainggolan, who played in Cengiz Under. The young Turkish sensation cheekily chipped--albeit with the help of a deflection--goalkeeper Pepe Reina to make it 1-1.

Roma went in front in the 26th minute when Edin Dzeko rose above Raul Albiol to head in a cross by Alessandro Florenzi.

Dzeko got his brace with a brilliant goal in the 73rd minute. The Bosnian striker received a pass from Aleksandar Kolarov, cut inside, beat two defenders, and curled the ball into the far post from the right edge of the penalty box.

A mistake by Mario Rui resulted in Roma's fourth goal. The Brazilian failed to clear a cross by Kolarov and Diego Perotti pounced on it and rifled the ball into the back of the net.

Dries Mertens made it 4-2 in injury time, but it was too little to late for Napoli.

Napoli still lead Serie A by a point, but Juventus have a game at hand. Should la Vecchia Signora win that match, they will go top of the table.


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