Salernitana - Napoli prediction
We have too many unequal opponents in this meeting from the 19th round of the Italian Serie A between Salernitana and Napoli.
The hosts have fallen into a deep crisis in recent weeks, having gone 8 games without a win (6 losses).
This first led to the early release of their coach Davide Nikola.
To be reinstated 2 days later.
For now, however, Salernitana have a serious lead of 9 points in front of the danger zone in Calcio.
Which means that a possible loss today would not be so fatal.
And the home loss is easy to predict here. Given the power Napoli have shown in the league this season.
During the week, Luciano Spalletti's players allowed themselves to be eliminated from the Coppa Italia tournament.
This happened at the expense of another of the weaklings in Serie A – Cremonese, and that as a host.
So now Napoli will probably react like stung .
In my opinion, today we will see another game of the visitors, in which there are at least 4 goals.
And two of them will be the leaders in the team's attack - Victor Osimhen and Hvicha Kvartzhelia .
Which were left to rest for the Cup.
Salernitana - statistics and info
The owners of Salernitana had given coach Davide Nicola a vote of confidence until before the last round.
But last weekend's humiliating 8-2 loss to Atalanta ran the gamut.
And he was sacked after 19 games in charge of the Granata, in which he won just 4.
The curious thing in this case is that only 2 days later Nikola was returned to his post.
The coach commented:
"The president of the club called me and explained the reasons for the dismissal."
"My plea to him was to reconsider his decision and think again."
"I'm glad you changed your mind."
But according to journalists from Italy, the main reason for the return of the old coach is not the change of opinion of the president.
And it is due to the rejection of the offer for a new coach by the management's target, Rafa Benitez.
Thus Davide Nicola's agony is expected to continue.
As it now faces the most awkward opponent possible – league leaders Napoli.
Salernitana was playing relatively well until the World Cup break.
But now there are only 2 points won from the last 6 rounds. Like 11 goals conceded in 3 games since the restart.
Realistically, the hosts will be in damage limitation mode.
Which means a defensive style should be expected from them.
But even that may not be enough to keep the Napoli team at bay.
Napoli - statistics and info
Probably someone had doubts about whether Napoli are worthy of the title this season.
But those doubts were blown away as easily as Juventus' defense last week.
A stunning 5-1 thrashing against a team that had begun to look dangerous again was a bold statement.
Which was aimed at the rest of Serie A.
Here I have to recall the fact that, until this match, Juve's defense had not allowed a goal in 7 consecutive meetings in the Calcio.
The Partenopei now have the best attack in the league. And only Juventus have conceded fewer goals than them.
Luciano Spalletti's side can go 12 points clear with a win here.
As their pursuers will play their matches on the following day.
A curious fact is that Hvica Kvartzhelia is one of only three players in Europe's top 5 leagues to have registered at least 7 goals and as many assists so far.
The other two are Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Ochoa; Gomber, Danilyuk, Pirola; Candreva, Nicolousi, Coulibaly, Bohinen, Bradaric; Bonazzoli, Dia
Injured: Mazzocchi, Maggiore, Seppe
Lineup: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Kim, Rahmani, Rui; Anguisa, Lobotka, Zelinsky; Lozano, Osimhen, Kvaratzhelia
Injured: Politano (questionable)