Napoli vs Genoa Preview: Napoli, Still Strong Despite Injury Concerns

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Updated: February 20, 2014
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Despite the injury issues they experience, Napoli is pegged as the online betting favorite in the match against Genoa. The Partenopei have an impressive home record to boot and they will probably exploit this advantage. But they should be wary as Genoa is readily capable of forcing a draw.

 

Match Date: 24 February 2014 (local time)
Venue: Stadio San Paolo

Team Form

Napoli

Napoli just came off from a successful demolition job against the minnow Sassuolo to cut down Roma’s lead to four (4). However, with several injury issues to address and a Europa League match to attend to, will the club have enough strength to beat Genoa?

 

It is still uncertain if the club’s key players, Gonzalo Higuain, Jose Reina and Valon Behrami will make it to the pitch during the Europa League encounter against Swansea due to injury-related concerns and even if they feature in the match, there is no assurance that they will be allowed to play in the domestic league.

 

At any rate, if there is anything that makes Napoli the stronger side in this encounter, this is no other than their strong team form. They have not been defeated in twenty-one (21) of their last twenty-two (22) home matches. In addition, they have managed to score an average of two  (2) goals in fourteen (14) of them. Somehow, these numbers give them the assurance that they will survive Genoa’s massive attacks.

 

Genoa

Despite the drop in the Serie A table, Alberto Gilardino’s heroic act during the Udinese encounter cannot be immediately taken for granted. The man took a bold step in scoring two (2) important goals, which forced a stalemate against their opponent.

 

Since the club has only managed to clinch a single point, Genoa slipped out of the league’s top 10. Yet, as Udinese’s head honcho stressed, their opponent deserved the point.

 

With Genoa’s success over Udinese, it is highly possible for them to have a repeat of their impressive performance. In terms of team form, the club has a number of great matches to boast.

 

The number of wins, losses and draws that they have during their last six (6) matches are equally distributed and with this, it can be readily said that they are highly capable of forcing yet another upset.

 

Prediction: Napoli

Expect Napoli to exploit their advantage at San Paolo. But then again, they should be wary of Genoa too for just like Udinese, they may be also forced to settle for an even steven finish or worse, a disappointing defeat.

 
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