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Serie A: Palermo vs Napoli preview

Kickoff: Sunday, 13 March @19:45 GMT

Venue: Stadio Renzo Barbera (Palermo)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Napoli vs Palermo 2-0 (2015/2016 Serie A)
Palermo vs Napoli 3-1 (2014/2015 Serie A)
Napoli vs Palermo 3-3 (2014/2015 Serie A)
Napoli vs Palermo 3-0 (2012/2013 Serie A)
Palermo vs Napoli 0-3 (2012/2013 Serie A)

Palermo vs Napoli prediction

Palermo count on their positive record against i Partenopei on home ground, since the Rosanero are in desperate need of survival points. Napoli have problems of their own, being three behind Juventus, so Sarri hopes his team will take the entire spoils this time out.

Palermo a point away from the relegation zone

Internazionale sent Palermo home with three goals in the net in the previous round, as Giuseppe Iachini’s men suffered yet another defeat in the Serie A (3-1). Franco Vazquez produced the only goal for the visitors and that was all i Rosanero managed to display in Milan. Stadio Renzo Barbera outfit are now on a seven-game winless run in the league and a point away from the danger zone. The Sicilians have been having serious problems in offense in recent matches. Alberto Gilardino and Franco Vazquez are the only two players with some activity in front of opposition goals, but that is far from enough if Palermo plan to arrest the negative trend. Also, the Eagles need to improve their defensive performances, since their drafty defense managed to save the net only five times this term. Napoli’s visit comes in the worst possible time because the Rosanero are in desperate need of points, but they hope for the continuation of their positive record against the Partenopei on home soil.

Edoardo Goldaniga should have been ready for the upcoming clash, but will remain sidelined, since he still has problems with his thigh injury. Achraf Lazaar is a doubt, due to his leg injury.

Napoli want to keep pace with Juventus

The Partenopei finally ended their five-game winless run in all competitions with an important triumph against Chievo at Stadio San Paolo (3-1). Napoli came from one behind in this clash, since Chiriches, Callejon and Higuain secured all three points for their team. A good news for Maurizio Sarri is that Gonzalo Higuain ended his barren run and started producing once again, with two goals in successive matches. The Argentinian international will once again present the biggest danger for Palermo, as it was the case in the reverse fixture. The Neapolitans need a triumph in order to keep pace with high-flying Juventus in the race for the tittle and will come all guns blazing on Sunday evening. The team from Campania are second most efficient team when playing on their travels and Palermo’s leaky defense will certainly provide more than enough opportunities for Sarri’s forwards.

Maurizio Sarri’s biggest problem will be to pick the team which will travel to Palermo. He has the entire team at disposal, since none of the players are in the recovery room.

Quick Facts

  • Palermo boast a 7-1-2 record on home soil against Napoli
  • Only one of those ten matches saw less than 2.5 goals
  • I Rosanero are on a three-game winless run at Stadio Renzo Barbera
  • Napoli lost just two of their previous thirteen Serie A away fixtures
  • I Partenopei are the second most efficient team on the road in the league

Palermo vs Napoli betting tip

Even though Palermo have been better than Napoli at Stadio Renco Barbera in previous fixtures, I firmly believe that will not be the case this Sunday. The Rosanero have been going through a rough patch, while the Partenopei want all three points from this clash and will not leave anything to chance. The away win presents itself as the most obvious outcome and any other result will be considered as an enouromus surprise.

Tip: Napoli/Napoli

Odds: 1.96 (22/23) @Unibet

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