Napoli vs Genoa

 Serie A

 

GEN vs NAP MATCH PREVIEW:

Just a few weeks ago, Napoli looked unbeatable in every aspect. Their defense seemed impenetrable and their attacking players like Zielinski, Callejon, and Insigne, to name a few, were hunting every team down in Serie A. The Naples also had a four-point lead over the defending Champions Juventus, and looked like the team to end Old Lady’s Italy reign.

But the game against AS Roma proved to be catastrophic as they lost 2-4 at Stadio San Paolo which was followed by a 0-0 draw against Inter Milan.

During that run, Juventus kept winning their matches and now they are the team who are top of the ladder and hold their destiny in their own hands.

But Napoli shouldn’t lose hope as there are still 10 round of fixtures to go. Moreover, Juventus are yet to face stronger teams like AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Roma, and not to mention the mouthwatering clash against Juve which the two-time Serie A Champions will be playing at their own den. So anything can happen-

Genoa, on the other hand, are 13th in the table. But only six points separate them and Crotone who are 18th in the table. So they are still in the mix as far as relegation is concerned. The gap could be reduced to just three if Crotone win and Napoli beat them at Stadio San Paolo, which looks like a most likely event.

 

MATCH DETAILS:

When: March 19th, 01:15 AM IST

Where: Stadio San Paolo, Madrid

Capacity- 60,240

 

Recent wins (Last six matches)

Napoli – L W W W L D

Genoa – L W W W L L

 

GEN vs NAP TEAM NEWS:

Napoli:

Faouzi Ghoulam remains a long-term absentee for the hosts. Vlad Chiriches is a doubt. Also, considering the profile of the team, Marek Hamsik could be benched in the game after playing most of the games this season.

PROBABLE XI

Reina (GK); Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Rui, Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik, Callejon, Mertens, Insigne

 

Genoa:

Armando Izzo is injured, so will sit out the match. Adel Taarabt and Miguel Veloso are expected to return from injury, but the pair are likely to start from the bench here.

PROBABLE XI

Perin (GK); Zukanovic, Spolli, Biraschi, Lazovic, Bertolacci, Hiljemark, Rigoni, Laxalt, Galabinov, Pandev

 

Competition History-

Napoli –  2 Serie A titles

Genoa- 9 times first division winners

 

Head 2 Head- 37 meetings in official matches

Napoli- 16

Genoa- 08

Draws: 13

 

Key Players:

Napoli – Ronaldo, Benzema, Modric

Genoa – Stuani, Portu, Garcia

 

 

INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:

Napoli are too strong for the visitors. Also, considering the fact that Genoa haven’t won an away match against the Naples since 2009, they could head into the match with shaky beliefs.

The visitors’ away form is too bad and haven’t drawn an away game since December.

So calling a Napoli win looks a good bet.

 

GEN VS NAP FANTASY TEAM:

 

NOTE: THIS GEN VS NAP MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.