Napoli - Genoa Betting Preview: Partenopei to come out on top in a free-scoring encounter

Gian Piero Gasperini's visitors have seen plenty of goals at either end recently, and Al Hain-Cole expects their fragile defence to cost them in an entertaining clash
Napoli will be looking to maintain the pressure at the top of Serie A when they welcome Genoa to the Stadio San Paolo on Monday night.

Having seen both Juventus and Roma record wins on Sunday, Rafa Benitez’s men are 2/7 (1.29) favourites with bet365 to move back to within four points of second place with a victory tonight.

Il Grifone have come away empty-handed from each of their last three visits to this ground, where they are available at 11/1 (12.00) to record a first win since 2009.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side came back from two goals down to secure a 3-3 draw against Udinese in their last match, and you can get odds of 4/1 (5.00) on them claiming another point in this one.

That result last week was the visitors’ second 3-3 draw within the space of just four games, having also held Fiorentina in their own backyard by the same scoreline at the end of January.

While his team’s defending will not have impressed Gasperini, he will have been extremely encouraged by the attacking onslaught that saw them get back on level terms and even push for a winner in the dying stages.

With 11-goal Alberto Gilardino leading the line Genoa look capable of unsettling any defence, not least a Partenopei backline tired out after Thursday’s Europa League exertions in Swansea.

However, considering Napoli have only failed to find the net once in their last 24 in front of their own fans, a visiting team with just three clean sheets to their name in the last 12 are unlikely to keep them at bay at the other end, meaning there should be plenty of goals on display.

In fact, having won 14 of their last 18 fixtures on home soil, odds of 10/11 (1.91) seem generous on the hosts coming out on top in a match featuring over 2.5 goals for the fourth time in six tonight.

Napoli to win & over 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 10/11 (1.91) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.