Napoli v Bologna Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Saturday 17th Sept By @J_RKeith

The last time I wrote an Asian Handicap Betting Preview with Napoli involved, I backed against them. Well I am not going to be making that same mistake again this time round as Maurizio Sarri’s men host Bologna on Saturday night.

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I do not know what came over me. After seeing Sarri’s side destroy AC Milan at home, I thought Palermo could park the bus and maybe not lose to a side they held a good record against. However, I was wrong as Napoli walked away with a 3-0 win after a dominating second half display.

Studying the Napoli side, I am looking at the likes of Jose Callejon, who has scored four in three games so far this season, and new boy Arkadiusz Milik, who scored two against Dynamo Kyiv in their mid-week Champions League match, to produce the business for the hosts. However, I hold question marks over Dries Mertens. I have seen the Belgian hover around for a while now, yet I am not convinced he is a starter. More an impact sub. I question whether he should start more matches and if he has that in his locker to affect a game for a whole 90 minutes.

Apart from him, the team looks solid. Starting from the very back with Raul Albiol and Kalidou Koulibaly as their centre-back pairing and Pepe Reina in goal. A solid foundation with a long-serving captain in Marek Hamsik in midfield.
The Blues’ last Serie A title win came back in 1990 with a certain player named Diego Maradona, but is this year’s title too much of an uphill struggle?


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Marek Hamsik

What can you say about Bologna though? One key factor going for them is striker Mattia Destro. Having bagged eight goals last season, the former Roma front-man could be the antagonist on Saturday night having already got off the mark this season.

Currently sitting seventh in Serie A, Roberto Donadoni will want their away form to improve considering they only won six of their 19 fixtures on the road last season, and finished 14th in the league.

Here’s where I think Napoli will pip it. At Stadio San Paolo, Bologna have only won three times since 2000; their last win coming in 2012. While the last time they visited Naples back in May, Donadoni’s side lost 6-0.

More bad news for Bologna is that their two first choice goalkeepers are out injured, so third pick Angelo Da Costa may get a call-up. A chance for Napoli to really test the Brazilian in a hostile environment. But they do hold consistency with their 4-3-3 formation. Donadoni playing the same tactics for the last three Serie A matches. Destro, Simone Verdi and Laidslav Krejčí leading the line for the Greyhounds.

A shock would be on the cards if Bologna took something from this match, but I do not see it. They look a solid team, but Napoli at home look the part and will want to keep up their title challenge so early on in the campaign. Once again, based on what I saw in their home fixture against AC Milan, I am backing overs.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 3 goals @ 2.10 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.



Palermo v Napoli Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Saturday 10th Sept By @J_RKeith

This is my first Asian Handicap Betting Preview for Serie A and I have a good feeling about the outcome in this one. Palermo will host Napoli at Stadio Renzo Barbera on Saturday night and profit looms.

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From the two matches Palermo have played in Serie A, they have only gained one point and sit 15th in the table. Roberto De Zerbi’s last game ended in a 1-1 draw away to Inter Milan; Adrea Rispoli giving the visitors an early lead.

The Eagles will be hoping for an improved season, considering last year they finished 16th in Serie A, one point off the bottom three. Palermo ended the campaign in good form remaining unbeaten for their last five matches.

Within the transfer window, Palermo made a large profit on the sale of Franco Vasquez to Sevilla for £12.75 million. Yet, they only managed to spend six million of this bringing in seven players. This includes Bruno Henrique from Corinthians for £2.81 million.

At home, Palermo lost their opening match against Sassuolo 1-0, this was after they went on a five game unbeaten run at their place in all competitions. But on a brighter note, they recently made the next stages of the Coppa Italia with a 1-0 win against Bari 1908 in extra-time.

De Zerbi’s side will have to put up a good fight to stop Napoli taking all three points. No question they’ve done it before, but it’s an uphill struggle against an in-form side.


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Jose Callejon & Arkadiusz Milik

Napoli, on the other hand, will be buzzing after the start they have had. Sitting sixth in Serie A, two points off the top, Maurizio Sarri’s side hammered AC Milan last weekend 4-2 at home; Arkadiusz Milik and Jose Callejon both grabbing braces.

The Italian giants made big news in the window having sold Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus for £76 million. As a result, they brought in six players for a total of £66 million.

Vlad Chiriches and Lorenzo Tonelli are out injured for the visitors. A positive though is that there are no suspensions.

Last season, Napoli should have won the league but finished nine points behind eventual winners Juventus. Now they will have to find a replacement for Higuain who scored 36 goals in 35 games for Sarri’s team last season. Whether they can achieve the same outcome is another question.

The last time these two sides met at Stadio Renzo Barbera, Napoli won 1-0. But, from their 11 meetings in Palermo, Napoli have only won three times.

Where does the profit lie? Looking at the teams you would have to back Napoli. Having won three of their last four meetings at Palermo, and scoring four on the weekend it is set for them to take the three points. But I have this feeling we will not be seeing many goals.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Palermo +1.25 @ 2.02 with Betvictor

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.