Napoli vs Spezia Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Napoli vs Spezia Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Napoli

2017-01-10
20:00
Stadio San Paolo

VS

Spezia

Napoli vs Spezia predictions as the Serie A giants look to avoid a cup upset on Tuesday night. Can they continue their strong season by moving into the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia? Read on for our free betting tips and match preview.

Napoli VS Spezia Predictions

Full Time: 3 - 1

Napoli to Win to Nil
lose

Reason For Napoli VS Spezia Betting Tips

Napoli returned from the winter break with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria on Saturday. It was a struggle for them at times, and they needed a late strike to give them the points. That win did see them continue their form from late last year. A great finish to 2016 put them back in contention for the Champions League spots once again. However, their focus shifts to the Coppa Italia on Tuesday.

The Partenopei are looking for a strong Serie A season, while they’ve got a huge Champions League tie with Real Madrid on the horizon. That’s quite a lot to look forward to, but they’ve got to put that to one side for a lower key affair. Next up for Maurizio Sarri’s side are minnows Spezia, who stand between them and a place in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.

It’s a great draw for the side from Naples, who won this trophy in 2014. That was their last piece of silverware, and Sarri will be looking to end that three-year drought in his second season here. The Partenopei are heavy favourites to claim a win here, especially as Spezia’s schedule really hasn’t helped them ahead of this clash.

The visitors played their last game in December, and they were supposed to have another couple of weeks off. Serie B has taken after the Premier League, playing matches on Boxing Day and December 28th. Their long winter break after those matches is a boost for many teams, but it means Spezia come here having not played for two weeks. The San Paolo isn’t a place where you can expect an easy ride early on.

Napoli have won 70% of their league matches here this term, while they average 2.4 goals per game. They’ve lost just once in Serie A at home, so it’s hard to see them slipping up against Spezia. The visitors have only won once away in their league this term, now they’re facing the third best home record in the Italian top flight. The Partenopei also boast the best attack in Serie A, while they’re second in the form table.

They’re unlikely to have many problems here, given Spezia’s goal shy nature. They’ve failed to score in 50% of their away games, averaging just 0.6 goals per outing. They’ve got the 18th highest goal tally in Serie B, so it’s difficult to see them getting a goal here. While Napoli don’t have the greatest defensive record, they have won 30% of their home games to nil. They should be able to do the same here, given how poor Spezia are going forward.

We’re backing a win to nil for the hosts, which is priced at 4/7 with bet365. With Napoli’s new signing €18 million signing Leonardo Pavoletti set to make his debut, we’re backing the gulf between these two to show in the scoreline. The high scoring hosts should record a big win, so we’re backing a 3-0 home victory at 5/1 with bet365.

Head To Head

Spezia have never beaten Napoli in four meetings between the two sides. The last two encounters have both been won by Napoli, they came in Serie B in the 2006/07 season.

Napoli VS Spezia Stats

Spezia have failed to win in 90% of their away league games. Only 10% of their matches on the road have seen over 2.5 goals. On the other hand, 68% of Napoli's games here have seen three or more goals scored.

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