Title challengers Napoli host AS Roma in matchday 33 of the Serie A 2021-22 season at the iconic Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Monday, April 18. The match will kick off at 10:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Neither Napoli or AS Roma can afford to drop points in the upcoming encounter.
Napoli, currently third in the Serie A table with 66 points from 32 matches, trail league leaders AC Milan (71 from 33 matches) by five points and need to put together a series of wins to stay in the three-way title hunt involving Milan, Inter and themselves.
Roma, on the other hand, are fighting for a Champions League spot and have a mountain to climb to catch up with fourth-placed Juventus. Roma, with 57 from 32 outings, are currently fifth in the standings and are five points behind the Old Lady.
Napoli vs Roma odds for Serie A 2021-22
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Napoli vs Roma recent form
Napoli, though coming into the match on the back of a disappointing 2-3 defeat against Fiorentina, have won three of their last five league games, scoring at least two goals in each of those three wins. The team, however, has struggled defensively of late and has failed to keep a clean sheet since their 2-0 win over Venezia on February 6.
Roma, on their part, are unbeaten in each of their last eight league games (W5, D3). On top of that, the team recently turned their Europa Conference League tie on its head, beating Bodo/Glimt 4-0 in the second leg after losing the first 1-2 away from home. The confidence will be high in the Roma camp.
Napoli: L, W, W, W, L
Roma: W, W, L, W, W
Napoli vs Roma head-to-head record
Since the turn of the century, Napoli and Roma have played a total of 31 matches, with the former winning 11 matches while the latter have come out on top on 12 occasions. The remaining matches have ended in draws.
Interestingly enough, while their previous meeting ended in a 0-0 scoreline, Napoli have won four of their last six matches against Roma. The team from the capital city has managed just one victory during these matches.
Napoli vs Roma prediction for Serie A 2021-22
Napoli’s defensive record may have suffered lately but the fact remains that they have managed positive results in their recent outings. Above all, they have also been the better side in each of their last six matches against Roma, which is why they are the odds-on favourites to win on Monday.
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