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Preview: Chievo – Napoli

Serie A leaders will be looking to preserve their status today as they travel to 11th-placed Chievo.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

The home side started brightly in Serie A (SA) this season but have recently ‘hit the wall’, losing 4-1 to AC Milan and Sampdoria in their last 2 matches. Turning it around may prove hard, as the visitors are facing a free-scoring Napoli side.

Napoli are top of the league after an impressive start to the campaign (W10 D1 L0). Terrifying on the counter-attack, they have been devastating when playing away, winning 6 games on the bounce while scoring 2.85 goals on average.

Speaking of goals, there is a good chance of a few in this match. Chievo have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 out of 5 home games this season and Napoli in 5 out of 6 away games. Dries Mertens (Napoli) has scored 10 goals in 11 games this season – just 4 less than Chievo have in total!

There is a strong trend in their H2H record: Napoli have won the last 5 SA games between the teams, 4 in a row when visiting the Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.

Although Juventus have scored the most goals so far in SA, Napoli are close behind (33 vs 32), and the underlying statistics may suggest that Napoli has more goals coming: their number of shots taken (215) and shots on goals (92) are miles ahead of anyone else in the league.

No donkeypunching! Nicknamed The flying donkeys (Chievo) and The little donkeys (Napoli), the teams seldom go out and out against each other as no red cards have been awarded in this fixture since 2012 (9 games).

 

Missing players

Chievo: M. Stepinski (doubtful)

Napoli: F. Ghoulam (knee injury), A. Milik (knee injury).