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21 March 2021 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET Serie A Stadio Olimpico

All eyes will be on Stadio Olimpico when Roma and Napoli go head to head in the Serie A derby. 

The Romans suffered a shocking 2-0 loss to Parma, with the team dropping to sixth position in the standings. 

The Giallorossi are eager to climb to the Champions League berth, and we are positive that they will go for a win in Sunday’s showdown. 

Since Edin Dzeko has overcome his injury, we predict that the hosts will find the net against Napoli. 

Bruno Peres is banned for the match, while Juan Jesus, Mkhitaryan, Veretout, and Zaniolo are out of contention with injuries.

The Neapolitans are high on confidence following a 1-0 at Milan. Since Napoli are likely to go for a win in the Stadio Olimpico clash as well, we believe that punters can find value in betting on over 2.5 goals. 

Di Lorenzo will have to serve his ban against Roma, while Petagna, Ghoulam, and Rrahmani are all sidelined with injuries.

Roma vs Napoli Head-to-head

Teams Roma Napoli played so far 33 matches.
Roma won 15 direct matches. Napoli won 11 matches. 7 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.06 goals per Match.

Roma vs Napoli Prediction

Roma in actual season average scored 2.05 goals per match. In 18 (81.82%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 17 (77.27%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Napoli average scored 1.97 goals per match in season 2021. In 14 (77.78%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 10 (55.56%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Roma's most productive players in front of goal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (calf) and Jordan Veretout (thigh) will remain sidelined through injury, while defender Juan Jesus is in self-isolation with COVID-19 and wide man Bruno Peres is suspended.

Both Chris Smalling and Roger Ibanez are doubtful too, as the Giallorossi's defensive woes linger on, so Bryan Cristante should join Marash Kumbulla and Gianluca Mancini in the home team's back three.

In the absence of Mkhitaryan, two from Lorenzo Pellegrini, Stephan El Shaarawy and Pedro should start behind the lone striker, which could be Edin Dzeko, though Borja Mayoral bagged a brace in Ukraine on Thursday and is in possession of the shirt.

Heading into a critical phase of the season - albeit with the interruption of international commitments to come - Napoli's injury concerns show some signs of easing.

Centre-back Kostas Manolas, plus forwards Hirving Lozano and Andrea Petagna - both recovered from thigh strains - should be in contention to make the squad on Sunday, though Faouzi Ghoulam and Amir Rrahmani will not be ready in time and right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo must serve a suspension.

Elseid Hysaj could cover Di Lorenzo's place in the back four, with Manolas a possible replacement for Nikola Maksimovic at centre-back. Again, coach Gennaro Gattuso must decide between fit-again pair Victor Osimhen and Dries Mertens for the central spot in attack.

Roma possible starting lineup:
Lopez; Mancini, Cristante, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Diawara, Villar, Spinazzola; Pedro, Pellegrini; Dzeko

Napoli possible starting lineup:
Ospina; Hysaj, Manolas, Koulibaly, Rui; Demme, Ruiz; Politano, Zielinski, Insigne; Mertens


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