Napoli narrowly saw off Chievo 2-1 last weekend to stay four points off Juventus and keep their title challenge alive. With just seven matches to play, however, it would be a major shock for the Old Lady not to claim the Scudetto once more having finished first for the past six seasons. In addition, their controversial exit to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday means that they can now fully focus their efforts domestically, with a Coppa Italia final against Milan a further chance of silverware.
Napoli have had an exceptional season, with 24 wins from 31 games, and while they will easily finish in the Champions League qualification places it will be disheartening to still be runners-up. There is still one crucial match on the horizon – on 22nd April they head to Turin to play the leaders in what could well be a title-decider. It is crucial, though, that the Blues win both of their two matches before that – starting with Milan on Sunday.
Recent form from the Neapolitans has been relatively solid, with four games unbeaten, but goalscoring has proven to be a slight problem with just four in as many fixtures.
Milan have the potential to be tricky opponents and could derail Napoli’s title bid at the San Siro. Gennaro Gattuso has been rewarded for steadying the club’s campaign with a permanent contract, but he will still want to see them finish higher than their current sixth. After Arsenal knocked them out of the Europa League, finishing in the top four will be extremely difficult and the Rossoneri will probably have to win their remaining games.
With both clubs needing a win this weekend, it should be a high-intensity clash. Therefore it is 1.85 that neither will keep a clean sheet, while Napoli are strong 1.85 favourites for three points in Tipbet’s odds markets for Serie A.
There are 63 overall and this is in addition to the impressive selection of season bets. There, Juve’s points lead and greater experience sees them at 1.09 to Napoli’s 3.05 for the trophy, and the top scorer for Italy’s top division can also be predicted.