FOLDING ON CUPBOPS. After the defeat of Juventus in his own stadium in early March (1: 2) Napoli completely lost the chance for the title and it was clear that the proteges of Carlo Ancelotti are more focused on the League of Europe. However, in this competition fate was not very kind to them, because in the quarterfinals of this competition they will face Arsenal. Napoli won the previous two meetings with Roma. Will they reach the third consecutive triumph at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday afternoon?
- Roma – Claudio Ranieri led the team from Rome in two games with Empoli (2: 1) and SPAL (1: 2) and so far there is no improvement in the team’s game. However, remembering how he worked in previous clubs, we can expect a more balanced style of the game from the Italian capital, as the coach himself mentioned after his debut with Empoli: Thank you supporters, because they helped us a lot. I did not expect a better game because there was tension in the team after recent events. The team lost the most goals after playing the ball from behind. I told the players that safety first matters. Stephan El Shaarawy, Alessandro Florenzi, Javier Pastore, Daniele De Rossi and Cengiz Under were not in the squad for Sunday’s meeting.
- Napoli – ten queues before the end of the season Carlo Ancelotti and his players take second place with seven points ahead of the third Inter. Practically, the start of next season in the Champions League is guaranteed, because the fifth Roma loses thirteen “stitches” to them. Roma is under pressure, which can motivate their players. The psychological force is in our hands and we will see if this situation will increase their fears – said Napoli coach, who has already announced that next season will not sell in his team: I already have a well-constructed team. It is young and still has a lot of potential for development. The spine of the team is solid: we have two valuable goalkeepers, reliable defense with a phenomenon such as Koulibaly, well-organized help with Allan, Zieliński and Fabian. The team from Vesuvius will strongly weaken because the injuries are healed by: Lorenzo Insigne, Raul Albiol, Vlad Chiriches, Faouzi Ghoulam, David Ospina and Amadou Diawara, and Piotr Zieliński will pause for the cards.
The forecast: Roma, despite being only fifth, can boast a pretty good balance of league matches as they managed to win 7 out of 11 previous clashes. However, at the home stadium, Claudio Ranieri’s wards lost only once in thirteen skirmishes (they won eight wins). Napoli, on the other hand, won only two of the last six meetings in Serie A, clearly focusing heavily on the Europa League games. Roma lost only two of the eight previous clashes with Napoli in Serie A, winning four of them. I hope that the hosts will be able to use the staff’s staffing problems and will be tempted for points in this competition. Proposed types for this match: victory or draw – Roma (odds 1.64) / meeting without a draw – Roma (odds 2.15) / double odds 1-1 (odds 2.32).