Napoli are searching for their first victory after five Serie A games, as well as the first positive result in the fourth match against Chievo.
Soon after this season started it became clear that the Azzurri wouldn’t be able to repeat the results from last league campaign, despite the heavy summer recruitment.
The Champions League campaign did have a negative effect on team’s performances in Serie A, but that cannot be a sole excuse for the fact that Napoli won just 7 of 22 league games.
The Partenopei are winless in last five league games, while they were also beaten on Coppa Italia semi-final first leg against Siena, so they are clearly under pressure to win this game.
However, when we know that Napoli lost every one of their last three encounters against Chievo, odds of 1.53 (8/15) offered by Paddy Power on home win are certainly not too appealing.
Captain Paolo Cannavaro is suspended after picking up his fourth yellow card of the season, but all other players are fit to feature.
Probable starting line-up (3-4-2-1): De Sanctis – Campagnaro, Britos, Aronica – Maggio, Gargano, Dzemaili, Zuniga – Hamsik, Lavezzi – Cavani.
Chievo are doing really well this season and another mid table finish looks on the cards for the Flying Donkeys.
Domenico Di Carlo’s side have been far from impressive of late, having lost three of their last four games in all competitions, and the interesting thing is that all three defeats were recorded at home.
On the other hand, the Flying Donkeys have been absolutely brilliant on the travels, beating Udinese and Novara, while sharing spoils with Lecce in the last three away games.
With that in mind, backing Chievo not to lose at odds of 2.50 (3/2) offered by Bodog could be worth a shot.
The visitors have absolutely no selection worries, and boss Mimmo Di Carlo is expected to field his strongest side.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-1-2): Sorrentino – Sardo, Andreolli, Cesar, Jokic – Bradley, Hetemaj, Sammarco – Thereau – Pellissier, Paloschi.