The final day of the Serie A season is here as we look ahead to Sunday afternoon in these Spezia vs. Napoli predictions. Neither side has anything to play for this weekend, so the action at the Stadio Alberto Picco may be little more than an exhibition.
Spezia vs. Napoli odds
1 – Napoli to win – 7/12
2 – Over 2.5 goals – 8/15
3 – Napoli to keep a clean sheet – 9/5
4 – Osimhen to score first – 4/1
5 – Insigne to score anytime – 6/5
Napoli travel to the Stadio Alberto Picco on Sunday perhaps wishing that the season would last just a little longer. The Partenopei have been in scintillating form over the past few weeks, but will have little to show for it come the end of the Serie A season this week.
The campaign has not gone as well for Thiago Motta’s Spezia side, although they will be glad to have safely avoided relegation with one game to go. Last week’s dramatic win at Udinese ensured the Aquilotti will be in Serie A next season, although will have done little to reassure their doubters.
With third place guaranteed, there may be little motivation for Napoli to play to their best this weekend, but even at half speed their quality is expected to ensure the win. Spezia surprised their rivals with a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture, but it is Luciano Spalletti’s side who we tip to take the three points this time around.
The evidence of the past few games shows two teams in opposing form. Even with their recent win, Spezia have conceded two goals or more in their last five Serie A fixtures. Against a Napoli side averaging 1.9 scored per game, a bet on over 2.5 goals could pay off.
That said, the visitors have a highly impressive defensive record, with just one goal conceded across their last three games. The Spezia front line may have improved in recent weeks, but a bet on Napoli to keep a clean sheet still has a good chance of being a winner.
With their defence looking solid, Spalletti’s front line should thrive at the Stadio Alberto Picco. Victor Osimhen was on the scoresheet once again last week to improve on his goal tally for last season. The Nigerian is our tip to score first on Sunday, while outgoing Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne is worth a punt to mark his final appearance for the club with a goal.
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Spezia vs. Napoli last five matches
Spezia last five matches
Napoli last five matches
Spezia top goalscorers
Napoli top goalscorers
Spezia vs. Napoli line-ups
Spezia (4-2-3-1): Provedel; Amian, Erlic, Nikolaou, Ferrer; Maggiore, Kiwior; Verde, Agudelo, Gyasi; Manaj.
Napoli (4-2-3-1): Musso; Di Lorenzo, Rahmani, Koulibaly, Rui; Anguissa, Ruiz; Lozano, Mertens, Insigne; Osimhen.
Spezia team news
Ebrime Colley, Leo Sena and Petko Hristov are all major doubts for Sunday’s game and are unlikely to feature. Simone Bastoni is also out, meaning another start for Jakub Kiwior in central midfield. Thiago Motta may hand a start to Salvador Ferrer after the full-back impressed against Udinese.
Napoli team news
No changes are expected from Spalletti for this weekend’s match. With nothing to play for, the Azzurri coach may opt to hand opportunities to the likes of Diego Demme and Andrea Petagna, who have lost their spots in their Napoli starting XI of late.