OUR man in Italy, Marco Di Cosmo (@scioltz) signed off for Christmas with 10 winners from 12 in Serie A. He's now back to attack Saturday's action.
Napoli v Sampdoria | Saturday 19:45 | BT Sport
Serie A returns this weekend with an intriguing match on Saturday night between Sampdoria and Napoli.
The home side are clear favourites and I have little doubt that they will be able to win the game, but somehow injuries and suspensions are affecting this team, making things someway more complicated.
Napoli’s defence will be heavily different from the usual starting line-up with both Kalidou Koulibaly and Raul Albiol ruled out for the match. Back-up duo Lorenzo Tonelli and Nikola Maksimovic will pair up as centre-backs – they barely know each other and surely this is a risk when facing Sampdoria attackers.
Sampdoria have a consistent scoring record away from home as they have notched in eight of their nine away games, including difficult matches at Juventus, Fiorentina and Roma.
Napoli aren’t at all remarkable in the defensive arts – they share with Lazio the worst defence among the top-five in Italy, and they are usually likely to concede at the San Paolo, where they suffered a total of 11 goal so far.
Napoli finding offensive form
Maurizio Sarri loves offensive football and this is what Napoli have been built for. Their wonder-football is becoming similar to what it was last year and Napoli are returning to be an almost unstoppable force after a dodgy start to the season.
The Partenopei haven’t lost a match since October against Juventus, and they’ve won four of their last five games, where they’ve been capable to score a total of 18 goals, an incredible average of 3.60 per-game.
I’ll back Napoli to win on Saturday night but with Both Teams To Score for 28/17 with 888.
Napoli v Sampdoria – Napoli to win and Both Teams To Score (28/17 888)
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