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Napoli to edge Serie A rivals Torino

15 February 2019 | Serie A | Preview
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Napoli to edge Serie A rivals Torino
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Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli host Serie A rivals Torino on Sunday evening in a meeting of two teams in Serie A’s top eight. The Partenopei are five matches unbeaten in Serie A.

They drew nil-nil with Fiorentina in their last match. Torino sit eighth in Serie A and four points off of the final European place. Walter Mazzarri’s Torino are three matches unbeaten. They have won two of their last three games including last weekend’s victory over Udinese. Meanwhile, Napoli are in second place and nine points ahead of third place Inter Milan.

The big storyline going into the fixture is Napoli’s €20 million sale of longtime attacking midfielder Marek Hamsik to China’s Dalian Yifang. The club will begin life without Hamsik which may be easier said than done.

Napoli have recorded the best home points total in the league. The side has 32 home points from a possible 36. They have allowed just seven goals while tallying 28 at the San Paolo. Napoli’s last five league matches at home have ended in victory and Ancelotti’s team is undefeated in its last 17 Serie A home matches overall.

Torino FC have failed to beat Napoli in their last seven games. All seven of those fixtures saw over 2.5 goals scored. Torino’s last win over Napoli came in 2015 with a 1-0 scoreline. Torino have defeated Napoli just four times in their last 19 encounters.

Mazarri’s team has been poor on the road in their last six matches. Torino haven’t won in their last six away games, drawing five and losing once. Il Toro are +3 in goal difference on the road. Despite Torino’s positive play away from home, they have won just twice on the road this term.

Ancelotti may be without Raul Albiol and Mario Rui for the game. The two defenders are sidelined with injuries and sat out Thursday night’s Europa League match against FC Zurich.

The last six games between Napoli and Torino have seen the Partenopei outscore their rivals 20-8. Torino players have received 16 yellow cards in those six meeting while receiving one red card.

Sunday night’s match will see an exciting affair at the San Paulo. Napoli will gain another victory over Torino with goals flying into the net. The game will end with over 2.5 goals as Napoli win at home once more. Napoli shouldn’t be affected by their midweek Europa League match against Zurich. Ancelotti’s team has enough depth to come back from the Thursday night match and to defeat Torino.

Predictions for Serie A

Home team - Away team Forebet
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FrosinoneChievo
25/05/2019 17:00
2
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Bologna FCSSC Napoli
25/05/2019 19:30
2
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Torino FCLazio
26/05/2019 14:00
X
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SampdoriaJuventus FC
26/05/2019 17:00
2

Italy Serie A - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Juventus FC 90 38 28 6 4 70 30 40
2. SSC Napoli 79 38 24 7 7 74 36 38
3. Atalanta Bergamo 69 38 20 9 9 77 46 31
4. Inter Milano 69 38 20 9 9 57 33 24
5. AC Milan 68 38 19 11 8 55 36 19
6. AS Roma 66 38 18 12 8 66 48 18
7. Torino FC 63 38 16 15 7 52 37 15
8. Lazio 59 38 17 8 13 56 46 10
9. Sampdoria 53 38 15 8 15 60 51 9
10. Bologna FC 44 38 11 11 16 48 56 -8
11. Sassuolo Calcio 43 38 9 16 13 53 60 -7
12. Udinese Calcio 43 38 11 10 17 39 53 -14
13. SPAL 1907 42 38 11 9 18 44 56 -12
14. Parma FC 41 38 10 11 17 41 61 -20
15. Cagliari Calcio 41 38 10 11 17 36 54 -18
16. Fiorentina 41 38 8 17 13 47 45 2
17. Genoa 38 38 8 14 16 39 57 -18
18. Empoli FC 38 38 10 8 20 51 70 -19
19. Frosinone 25 38 5 10 23 29 69 -40
20. Chievo 17 38 2 14 22 25 75 -50

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