With nothing left for either side to play for, expect little in terms of attacking endeavour in a slow-paced game in GenoaSampdoria will be hoping to mark their final home game of the Serie A season with a win when they welcome Napoli to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday.
Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men have lost four of their last five games but are available at 11/5 (3.20) with William Hill to give their fans something to cheer about with victory here.
Despite failing to win any of their last three league fixtures on the road, the Partenopei are 6/5 (2.20) favourites to come out on top in Genoa.
The two most recent of those fixtures have both resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on the visitors recording a sixth stalemate in 12 away games this time out.
Having already tied up the third Champions League spot and lifted the Coppa Italia last weekend, Rafa Benitez’s side can now afford to take their foot off the pedal for the remainder of the season.
Meanwhile, their hosts have already been taking it easy after securing their top flight status a few weeks ago, with the intensity of their performances noticeably dropping off ever since.
With nothing left for either side to play for, there is unlikely to be a great deal of intensity on display when they come face-to-face, particularly with Benitez expected to rotate his starting 11.
Top scorer Gonzalo Higuain is one key player set to drop out, weakening an attack with just one goal to their name in the last three away league fixtures even further.
With this in mind, odds of 21/20 (2.05) look like solid value on under 2.5 goals going in for the 10th time in 13 league fixtures for Napoli, as they take on a team that have failed to score in four of their previous six matches.
That bet looks even safer considering the Blucerchiati have not found the net in any of the last four meetings against these opponents and are unlikely to flood forward with much urgency in a pedestrian encounter.
|Under 2.5 goals for a 1pt stake at 21/20 (2.05) with William Hill
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