Preview - Napoli vs Roma 29 October 18

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Match Day 10
Napoli vs. Roma
Monday, October 29th 2018
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo

Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.11
Top Scorer: Lorenzo Insigne (6)

Last five matches form: L W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.78
Average goals against per match: 1.33
Top Scorer: Edin D┼żeko, Stephan El Shaarawy, Federico Fazio, Aleksandar Kolarov & Javier Pastore (2)
We have a big one in Naples this weekend as last season's Serie A runners up Napoli play host to third place finishers Roma, with both sides having been in decent form of late.

Roma shocked Napoli when coming out on top 4-2 in this game last season. Napoli won the reverse fixture 1-0.

Vlad Chriches, Simone Verdi and Amin Younes all miss out for Napoli here. The biggest concern will however be around star man Lorenzo Insigne who faces a late fitness test.

Roma also have injury concerns. Justin Kluivert, Rick Karsdorp and Diego Perotti are all out, whilst Javier Pastore faces a race against time to be fit.

Both sides arrive at this game on the back of a solid result in the Champions League in midweek. Roma having beaten CSKA Moscow 3-0 at home and Napoli obtaining a highly creditable draw away to PSG.

Napoli have lost just two of their last 28 at home in Serie A.

Roma are pretty solid on the road though with just two defeats in their last 15.

Napoli were no match for Juventus away recently, but a recent win over Liverpool and that draw away to the French Champions show that this side can mix it with the best on their day. The possible absence of Insigne is undoubtedly a concern, but as things stand we fancy the home side to come out on top.

Prediction: Napoli 2 - 1 Roma


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  19 - 7
Shots on target: 7 - 4
Corner Kicks: 17 - 3
Possession: 63% - 37%

Five bookings in this one, all for the away side. Edin Dzeko, Steven Nzonzi, Kostas Manolas, Robin Olsen and Lorenzo Pellegrini being the men to have their names taken by referee Davide Massa.

Napoli would have been doing well to lose this one considering they dominated possession and came out well on top in the total shots count and racked up a whopping 17 corners. They very nearly did lose it though.

It was Roma who struck first in the 14th minute. Cengis Under's low cross from the right-hand side evading the Napoli defenders to make its way to Stephan El Shaarawy unmarked and in space around six yards from goal. El Shaarawy finishing low and in off the left-hand post.

Roma were the better side early and nearly had another when Edin Dzeko saw his effort headed off the line. 0-1 at the break.

It was all Napoli in the second half as they pushed for an equaliser. They were a little wasteful in front of goal though with in-form Lorenzo Insigne guilty of blazing one chance well over when well placed inside the area.

As the match wore on it looked as though the home side wouldn't be able to find a way back into this. Credit to Napoli though they never stopped pushing and finally got their reward in the ninetieth minute. When the ball came in from the left-hand side Jose Callejon badly scuffed his effort but straight into the path of Dries Mertens arriving at the far post to power in high past the keeper 1-1 final score.

Napoli stay second but are now six points behind defending champions Juventus. Roma drop down to eighth but will nevertheless view this as a point gained away from home against one of Italy's top sides.

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