Napoli-Cagliari Betting Preview: Goals at both ends at the San Paolo

Having lifted the cup on Saturday, expect Rafa Benitez's side to cement their place in next season's Champions League by coming out on top in an entertaining clash
After lifting the Coppa Italia with a 3-1 win over Fiorentina at the weekend, Napoli will be hoping to tie up their place in next season’s Champions League when they take on Cagliari on Tuesday.

With eight points currently separating themselves from fourth place and just three games remaining, Rafa Benitez’s men are 4/11 (1.36) favourites with William Hill to book a place at Europe’s top table with victory this evening.

Having made sure of their Serie A survival last week, the visitors are available at 8/1 (9.00) to pull off a shock victory with the pressure off here.

The pair shared a 1-1 draw in December’s reverse fixture at the Stadio Sant’Elia, and you can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on them playing out another stalemate this time out.

There is likely to be a carnival atmosphere at the Stadio San Paolo this evening, as the hosts bask in the glory of their recent cup triumph against a team celebrating life in the top flight for another season.

With both teams therefore playing with relative freedom, an open encounter should result in plenty of goalmouth action, particularly given the Rossoblu’s defensive struggles away from home.

Eight games have passed since Ivo Pulga’s outfit kept a clean away from home, meaning they are unlikely to put up too much resistance against the league’s third most potent attack.

However, with just two clean sheets to their name in the last nine, the Partenopei backline have hardly covered themselves in glory either, meaning odds of 10/11 (1.91) are well worth backing on both teams finding the net.

That bet would have paid off in five of Cagliari’s last six on the road, including their 2-1 victory over Genoa last time out - a first away in 22 attempts over the past couple of seasons.

Nevertheless, Napoli’s strong record in front of their own fans means odds of 2/1 (3.00) are not to be missed on the visitors coming away empty-handed once again in a game featuring goals at both ends.

Both teams to score for a 1.5pt stake at 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill
Napoli to win and BTTS for a 2pt stake at 2/1 (3.00) with William Hill

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