The pressure is on Napoli going into Thursday night’s Serie A showdown with Bologna at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. After a slip up at the weekend against Roma, in which Napoli drew nil-nil, the Partenopei watched AC Milan win versus Torino 1-0 at San Siro on Tuesday evening.

Napoli vs Bologna Match Preview

Now, Napoli are in second place heading into the Thursday night fixture, but a win over Bologna would send them back into first place. Napoli and Bologna won’t meet in Serie A play until December 19. Both teams are currently unbeaten and fighting for the league title.

Bologna are aiming to dent Napoli’s title challenge. The Rossoblu are ninth in Serie A with 12 points from 27 on offer this term. Sinisa Mihajlovic’s team has won just once in its last six games in Serie A. Bologna are winless in back-to-back Serie A matches. Last time out, they fell 4-2 to AC Milan. The Rossoblu came back from two goals down to level the score at 2-2, but conceded two additional goals late in the match.

Last season, Napoli did the Serie A double over Bologna. Can the Partenopei win and go back to the top of the Serie A table on Thursday?

Napoli vs Bologna Betting Odds

Napoli are heavy favourites going into the game this week against Bologna. Coming off of their nil-nil draw versus Roma in Rome, the Partenopei are likely to have more goalscoring chances. Bookies’ best betting odds on a Napoli win at full-time are at 1/3. Luciano Spalletti’s team recorded 16 points from the last 18 on offer. Their draw with Rome last weekend was the first time the side had dropped points this season in Serie A.

Bologna are at the best betting odds of 17/2 to win at full-time versus Napoli. The Rossoblu are in poor form going into the match on Thursday. They took a mere five points from the last 18 on offer in the league. Bologna were outscored 17-11 by their last six opponents.

Napoli have won all four of their home matches this season. Just one goal has been conceded by the Partenopei at home this term. Juventus are the only team to score at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona this season other than Napoli.

Bologna have picked up a mere two points 12 on offer away from home this term. The Rossoblu are struggling on the road and if they prevent relegation this term, it will be due to their home form. The teams are at the best betting odds of 5/1 to draw at full-time.

Napoli vs Bologna Team News

Spalletti has four players on the injury list ahead of the match on Thursday night. Giovanni Di Lorenzo is ruled out of the fixture with a knee injury. Defenders Konstantinos Manolas and Kevin Macuit are both doubts for the fixture due to muscle injuries. Adam Ounas could return to the side for the fixture following a muscle injury of his own.

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is in good form and will start in attack for Spalletti. Osimhen has scored all five of his goals this season in Napoli’s last six games. Osimhen looked to have put Napoli into the lead against Roma last weekend, but his headed goal was ruled out due to an offside call.

Mihajlovic has two players on the injury list going into the match and two additional players suspended for the fixture. Dogo Michael a doubt due to a back injury. Kevin Bonifazi is ruled out with a calf injury. He won’t be fit until early November.

Adama Soumaoro is suspended for the fixture as is Roberto Soriano. Bologna are led in goals by Muso Barrow. The Gambian has four goals in eight appearances. He also has three assists.

Napoli vs Bologna H2H

Napoli did the league double over Bologna last season. The Partenopei outscored Bologna 4-1 with the teams’ game in Bologna ended in a 1-0 victory for Napoli. Eight of the last 11 matches between Napoli and Bologna finished in wins for the former. Two of the last 11 fixtures finished as wins for Bologna with one fixture ending as a draw.

The pressure is on Napoli to win and move to the top of the Serie A table once more. A win would take them level once more with AC Milan, but the Partenopei’s goal difference is better than the Rossoneri’s.

Napoli vs Bologna Prediction

Napoli to win to nil @ 7/5 - BET NOW

Napoli claimed a 1-0 win at Bologna las season when these teams met. At the time, Napoli were not a Serie A championship title contender like they are this season. Napoli have kept three straight clean sheets in all competitions with two of those fixtures ending in wins to nil. Six of Napoli’s 12 matches this season ended with wins to nil. Our betting tips odds prediction is for Napoli to win to nil against the Rossoblu.

Victor Osimhen to score first @ 3/1 - BET NOW

Osimhen has five goals in eight appearances this season. All five of those goals came in Napoli’s last six fixtures in Serie A. Osimhen has nine goals in 11 games in all competitions and is showing he is a world-class No. 9. Osimhen averages a goal every 87 minutes in all competitions. Our betting tips prediction is for Osimhen to score first on Thursday against Bologna.

No goal after 78:59 @ 5/6 - BET NOW

Napoli should be this game to bed early. Our betting tips prediction is for the match to end with no goals after the 78:59-mark. Napoli average scoring a goal at home in the 64th minute. They average conceding a home goal on 59 minutes. Bologna concede a goal on average in the 47th minute while they score a goal on average in the 60th minute.

Napoli should claim a win on Thursday night at home to move level with AC Milan on points, but into first place thanks to goal difference. The Partenopei have been Serie A’s best team overall and should claim another win.