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LionsBet Preview: SSC Napoli v Crotone: Back the Azzurri to strike first

13:01 SAST 2018/05/19
Dries Mertens Crotone Napoli Serie A
Partenopei have nothing to play out for in this duel but will still up their game to outclass the bottom-of-the-table rivals

Napoli host Crotone for their matchday 38 clash at the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday evening in the Serie A.

Maurizio Sarri’s side cruised to a 2-0 away victory over Sampdoria and that brought to an end their two-game winless streak. Though there are no high stakes involved here, having failed to enhance their title challenge with crowned champions Juventus four points clear heading into the final day.

The Azzurri will be full of confidence coming into this encounter and following their impressive outing against the visitors, LionsBet chalks them up at odds of (1.50) as clear favourites in this tie.

After being held to a 2-2 stalemate by Lazio last Sunday, Crotone sit 18th on the table just behind SPAL on goal difference. Last season, they managed to miraculously avoid relegation and that could bolster their confidence to pull off a shock result here despite the offer of a mouth-watering (6.00) for victory.

Seeing this clash end in an unlikely no winner, no vanquish state at the end of 90 minutes is priced at a whopping (5.00) with the same betting firm.

Only on two occasions have the two-time league champions lost in front of their supporters in the top-flight this campaign and these were against the big guns - Roma and Juventus respectively. Considering that the Rossoblu have found the net in three of their last five meetings makes backing a home win with both teams to score rewarding.

Thus, the same betting outfit offers odds of (2.45) for such an outcome in this  showdown.

While Sarri’s men have conceded in four of their last five fixtures on their patch, Walter Zenga’s charges have notched in three of theirs on the road. Hence, the hosts can be backed not to keep a clean sheet at (1.40).

Simeon Nwankwo has upped his game in recent times for the Pitagorici having netted six times in his previous seven matches for the visitors. So, it’s worth backing the Nigeria international to score anytime at a juicy (2.10).

Napoli have scored first in four of their last six home clashes and should be backed to continue that feat in this encounter which LionsBet quotes odds of (1.40)