Serie A Preview: Cesena vs. Napoli

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Updated: January 5, 2015
Napoli

Match Date: 06 January 2015 (local time)

Venue: Stadio Dino Manuzzi

 

Cesena welcomes Napoli in a match that they cannot afford to lose. Already pitted as relegation favorites of sports betting sites, the host is in dire need of a victory and the reasons are obvious. Struggling at the rock bottom part of the table, the club is on the verge of losing its Serie A status if improvements do not manifest.

 

Such scenario is music to Napoli’s ear. Despite its advantage, Rafael Benitez and his boys do not have the privilege to take things easy against Cesena. Napoli has experienced unexpected slips while facing minnows in the past and surely, this is the least thing that they want to happen right now.

 

Cesena

Cesena currently occupies the 19th spot of the league table and has only won once since the season started. It is also winless in its last 6 matches. Four of them ended in defeats, whilst the remaining two resulted in stalemates. Although the draws were barely enough to propel their rank, the points that they snatched, salvaged them from the humiliation of keeping an empty scorecard.

 

Towards the match against Napoli, expect rigid preparations from the home side. Sadly, they’ll be missing their key players such as its current top scorer, Gregoire Defrel. Defrel will be serving a ban that will keep him sidelined in the match.

 

Napoli

Coming from an impressive win at Qatar, the Partenopei shall enter the face-off with overflowing confidence. Yet, as mentioned, the prestige should not go into their heads as this could cause their ultimate downfall.

 

Prediction

Cesena 1-3 Napoli

 

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