Roma are on a two-match losing streak in all competitions. A Serie A matchday 8 loss to Juventus 1-0 away from home was followed by a shock 6-1 loss in the Europa Conference League to Bodoe/Glimt. Now, Jose Mourinho’s team host Serie A’s first-place side Napoli on Sunday at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma vs Napoli Match Preview

Napoli are playing brilliantly under new coach Luciano Spalletti. The former Roma coach never got the credit he deserved while in charge of the capital club. Spalletti will want nothing less than defeating Roma and keeping Napoli’s 100% winning record.

The Partenopei are a perfect 24 points from 24 possible this season. AC Milan are staying close with the Naples-based club. Napoli are just two points above AC Milan in the table. AC Milan play the day prior to Roma versus Napoli. The Rossoneri will play against Bologna and should win.

Napoli are on a three-match winning streak against Roma in Serie A. Last season’s games between the two teams finished in wins to nil for Napoli. Roma are in fourth place in Serie A going into matchday 9. Nine points separate the two teams in the table. If Mourinho’s team is to win the title this season, they must win on Sunday to cut into Napoli’s lead.

Roma vs Napoli Betting Odds

 

 

Napoli have taken 24 points from 24 possible this season in Serie A. Napoli conceded just two goals over the course of their last six games in Serie A. Meanwhile, Spalletti’s team scored 15 times. Napoli are the cream of the crop in Serie A, but a loss to Roma – or draw – would open the door for AC Milan to be top of the table after matchday 9.

 

Bookies’ best betting odds on a Napoli win at full-time are at 19/10. Napoli have won three straight games versus Roma in Serie A. Napoli are unbeaten in seven of the last nine matches against Roma in Serie A.

Roma took nine points from the last 18 on offer in the Serie A. However, inconsistency is costing Mourinho’s team in the Serie A title race. Three of Roma’s last five games finished as losses. They outscored opponents 9-8 during that time.

Roma’s best betting odds to win the match at full-time and end Napoli’s 100% winning streak are at 29/20. Roma have Serie A’s best home points total with 12 points from 12 on offer this season. Napoli have Serie A’s best away points total with 12 points from 12 available. Bookies’ best odds on a draw at full-time are at 5/2.

Roma vs Napoli Team News

Mourinho has three players on the Roma injury list going into the game on Sunday. Midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo has a knee injury and is a doubt for the fixture. Defender Chris Smalling has a thigh strain but could be passed fit to play the game. Midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola is ruled out of the fixture following an Achilles tendon injury.

Roma are coming off of a humiliating 6-1 loss in the Europa Conference League to European minnows Bodoe/Glimt. Mourinho played a heavily rotated side and seemed to take the Norwegians seriously. Following the loss, Mourinho claimed Roma do not have a very good squad in the post-match press conference. It suddenly feels like Mourinho’s time at Roma could be turning into last season at Tottenham Hotspur.

Napoli coach Spalletti has three players on the injury list going into the game. Defenders Konstantinos Manolas and Kevin Malcuit are both suffering from injuries and could miss the game. Manolas has a muscle injury while Malcuit is nursing a muscle injury of his own. Midfielder Adam Ounas could return to the team from a muscle injury of his own.

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is in great form for the team. He has scored five goals in seven Serie A games this season. Osimhen has scored all five goals in Napoli’s last five games.

Roma vs Napoli H2H

Roma’s recent head-to-head record against Napoli is poor. The Giallorossi have lost three straight games against Napoli in Serie A. Last season, Napoli won both league encounters to nil. Going into matchday 9, Napoli have won two straight games and both matches finished as wins to nil.

Six of Napoli’s 11 matches in 2021-22 have ended with wins to nil. Roma have lost two straight games in all competitions by a combined 7-1 scoreline. However, they have taken maximum points at home in the league this term.

Roma vs Napoli Prediction

Victor Osimhen to score first @ 4/1 - BET NOW

 

 

Victor Osimhen is on a great run of form currently. The Nigerian international has scored five goals in seven Serie A games this term. All five goals have come in Napoli’s last five games. Our betting tips prediction is for Osimhen to score first on Sunday in a low-scoring game between the two southern Italian teams.

 

Napoli to win either half @ 3/4 - BET NOW

 

 

Napoli are the in-form team going into the match on Sunday. Mourinho should get the Giallorossi up for the match, however. He is playing mind games and trying to get a reaction out of the team following Thursday’s Europa Conference League loss. It could backfire on him like it did at Tottenham Hotspur. Napoli have won three straight games against Roma and due to their excellent play, our betting tips prediction is for Napoli to win either half.

 

Under 2.5 goals @ 6/5 - BET NOW

 

 

Eight of the last 15 Serie A games between Roma and Napoli finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Roma have lost their last two games scoring one time over the course of 180 minutes of football. Napoli’s defence is Serie A’s best conceding just three times across eight games. Roma, on the other hand, have conceded nine times in eight games. Our betting tips prediction is for a low-scoring game at the Stadio Olimpico with Napoli coming out on top. Spalletti will get revenge on Roma and keep the Partenopei on top of the Serie A table.