Napoli-Atalanta Betting Preview: Easy win in store for Benitez's men

The Partenopei have been in impressive form in recent fixtures, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to keep their dreams of winning some domestic silverware alive with a comfortable win
Napoli get their Coppa Italia campaign underway on Wednesday night, when Atalanta visit the San Paolo in a last-16 clash.

Rafa Benitez’s men have begun 2014 in fine form, after brushing aside Sampdoria and Verona to extend their unbeaten run to seven games, and are 4/11 (1.36) favourites with bet365 to come out on top here.

Having already defeated Bari and Sassuolo in this year’s competition, La Dea are available at 8/1 (9.00) to book a place in the quarter-finals with a shock victory in this one.

There has been just one draw in the last seven meetings between the sides, but you can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on them remaining tied after 90 minutes.

With 10 points currently separating his side from Serie A leaders Juventus and having crashed out of the Champions League group stages in unfortunate circumstances, the Coppa Italia perhaps represents Benitez’s best chance of marking his debut season with silverware.

The Partenopei won this competition back in 2012 and will be confident of remaining on course to reclaim the trophy when they welcome a team that have lost 10 of their last 12 competitive away games to their fortress of a home ground.

The hosts have won 10 of their 13 fixtures in front of their own fans this season and look in excellent shape to extend that impressive record considering their terrific form since the turn of the year, having scored five goals without conceding in two league games.

The most recent victory was recorded in emphatic 3-0 style away to a Verona side that had won eight and lost just one of their previous nine games on home soil, so odds of 8/11 (1.73) seem rather generous on Napoli dispatching Atalanta by at least two goals, just as they did when the teams met here in the league back in September.

Another reason for the home fans to be confident is the form of Dries Mertens, who seems to have rediscovered the prolific form that made him such a hit at PSV Eindhoven prior to his arrival in the summer.

With three goals in his last two games, the Belgian attacker is well worth backing at 6/4 (2.50) to score anytime.

Napoli (-1) to win for a 2pt stake at 8/11 (1.73) with bet365
Dries Mertens to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 6/4 (2.50) 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.