Napoli and Bologna meet at Stadio San Paolo, in a match for the 22nd round of Serie A. In the last direct match for this edition of the league, on 10-09-2017, Napoli won out by (0-3 ). The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 3 matches won 3. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, on 09-17-2016, for Serie A, Napoli won by (3-1). José Callejón (14 ‘) and A. Milik (67’ and 78 ‘) scored the goals for Napoli, and S. Verdi (56′), for Bologna. The condition home / away deserves particular attention, because despite this being a match between 1st and 12th of the league table, it is really a match between the 4th classified in home matches and the º as a visitor.
After 17 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss, the home team is currently in the 1 st position, with 54 points won. In the last match, they have won in an away match against Atalanta by (0-1), after in the previous match they have won (2-0) at home, against Hellas Verona. This is a team that usually gets more positive results in away matches than at home, since they have won 31 points in away matches and 23 at their stadium, with 23 goals scored and 7 conceded in away matches, against 22 goals scored and 6 conceded at home. For the championship, Napoli won 23 points out of 30 possible, after 7 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in the last 10 home matches. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 21 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 6 times, but got the comeback in 5. There is 1 period highlighted in the last 10 home matches for this competition: they suffered 3 of their 6 goals between minutes (0′- fifteen’).
The Napoli comes to this game motivated, after a win as visitor, by 0-1, in the visit to the terrain of Atalanta: Mertens, at minute 65 ‘, was the hero of the match, to score the only goal. The local team usually acts in a 4-3-3, favoring a faster style of play, being that the three most advanced players José Callejón, Mertens and Insigne. The player responsible for defining and leading the attacks of his team is the Slovak Hamsik. Everything indicates that the coach of Naples will not be able to count on Milik and Ghoulam, for being injured.
After 8 wins, 3 draws and 10 losses, the away team is currently in the 12 th position of the league, with 27 points won. In the last match, they have won at home against Benevento by (3-0), after in the previous match they have lost in an away match against Torino, by (3-0). This is a stronger team in their stadium, where they won 12 points, against only in their away matches. For the championship, Bologna won 15 points out of 30 possible, after 5 wins and 5 losses in the last 10 home matches. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (5 out of 11 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 5 of the last 10 matches for this competition have ended with Under 1,5 goals. In 21 matches in this competition, they have only 1 comeback in their 10 home matches.
Bologna arrived at this motivated match, after a home win, 3-0, at the Benevento reception: Destro, De Maio and Dzemaili scored the goals of the triumph. The visiting club usually acts in a tactical system in 4-3-3, favoring a more offensive style of play, attacking through the wings. The Bologna is a team that likes to play in their own midfield, with the aim of trying to surprise their opponent through the counterattack. When it invests in the offensive process, it usually does so through the right flank, in order to take advantage of the depth offered by the Mbaye side. The visiting coach must have all the players at his disposal for this day.
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