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Belgian international forward Dries Mertens is Napoli’s leading scorer this season and will be hoping to help them get back on track at home against Roma in Italy’s Serie A on Sunday. Photo from @dries_mertens14 (Twitter).
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Roma will be looking to consolidate  their attempt to claim a Europa League qualifying place when they travel to meet Napoli in Italy’s Serie A on Sunday.

With Roma in fifth and their hosts this weekend in sixth, the fixture promises one of the most intriguing contests of the weekend in the competition.

Napoli have already secured a Europa League berth for next season after winning the Coppa Italia.

But Roma will be seeking to put more daylight between themselves and  both seventh-placed AC Milan and eighth-placed Hellas Verona, who are chasing them in the battle for qualification.

Serie A Napoli vs Roma Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Napoli -½ (+100) +100 Ov2½, 3 (-109)
AS Roma +½ (-120) +240 Un2½, 3 (-111)
Draw (N/A) +240 (N/A)

Odds taken July 4

Both sides on Sunday  need to get back on track after Napoli were beaten 2-0 by Atalanta on Thursday and Roma slipped to successive defeats against AC Milan and Udinese.

The analysts make Napoli favorites for a home win at +100 with Roma at +240. The draw is also +240.

A win for Napoli at +100 looks good value as does the spread offering of +100 for the home side to win by one goal.

Slim UCL Hopes for Both Teams

With fourth-placed Atalanta 12 points clear of Roma and 15 points ahead of Napoli, UCL qualification seems well beyond both the sides who meet at the Stadio San Paolo at 3:45pm  ET on Sunday.

Napoli made an encouraging start when play resumed in Serie A last month with a  2-1 away win against Hellas Verona followed by a 1-0 home victory against relegation strugglers SPAL.

But they became the latest victims of Atalanta’s seven-match winning streak when they were beaten 2-0 away there in mid-week.

There has been a slight advantage for Napoli because they resumed play earlier than most of their rivals by competing in the Coppa Italia.

That brought to an end a five-match winning streak for the Neapolitans.

There has been a slight advantage for Napoli in recent weeks  because they resumed play earlier than most of their rivals by competing in the Coppa Italia.

First, they drew 1-1 with Inter Milan in the semifinal second leg to win 2-1 on aggregate. Then they lifted the trophy with a penalty shootout defeat of Juventus in the final at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

Roma had won two games in impressive style before the shut down with a 4-0 home defeat of Lecce, followed by a 4-3 win away at Cagliari.

The good mood continued at the resumption when they defeated Sampdoria 2-1 at home.

Serie A Napoli vs Roma Statistics

Napoli
VS
AS Roma

13 Wins 14
10 Losses 9
6 Draws 6
46 Goals 53
39 Goals Against 40
6 Clean Sheets 6
57 Yellow Cards 80
1 Red Cards 7

But a slump has followed with a 2-0 away defeat against seventh-placed Milan followed by a 2-0 setback at home against 14th-placed Udinese.

Roma were 2-1 winners when the teams met in Serie A last September.

They have not lost in their most recent four visits to Naples, with the last reverse coming way back in November 2014.

Last season, this fixture in Naples ended in a 1-1 draw.

Patchy Home Form

Roma may also be encouraged by the fact that Napoli are not quite as consistent as they should be at home, which is regarded as one of the most hostile in Italy.

This season, they have won six times at the San Paolo, drawn twice and lost six times while scoring 20 and conceding 19 goals.

Away from home, Roma have been more impressive with seven wins, three draws and four defeats while scoring 25 and conceding 18 times.

This gives them only the ninth-best home record in the competition.

Away from home, Roma have been more impressive with seven wins, three draws and four defeats while scoring 25 and conceding 18 times.

Three Away Defeats in Four

These are the sixth-best statistics in Serie A. However, they have been beaten in three of their last four road trip games.

In fact, they have won only four times in their last 12 matches in total. And they have conceded goals in four of their last five away games.

Dries Mertens is Napoli’s leading goal-scorer this season with 13 while Edin Dzeko tops the charts for Roma with 17 strikes.

The pick: Napoli (+100)

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