Pescara v Napoli - Sunday 19:45, BT Sport 1
Napoli pipped Roma to the runners-up sport last term by two points and in the process recorded their seventh consecutive top-six finish as they continue to be there or thereabouts in Serie A. The big story for them over the summer, however, has been the sale of star man Higuain to Juve, with the Pole Milik, who missed some absolute sitters at the Euros, the man tasked with replacing him. Pescara, meanwhile, return to Serie A for the first time since 2012/13, via the Serie B play-offs after finishing 4th in the regular season.
While they were imperious at the Stadio San Paolo, where they won 16 of 19 unbeaten games, Napoli lost six times on the road last term and their record when travelling to promoted teams is just W2-D1-L3 in the last couple of seasons. Those games have tended to be high-scoring, with both teams finding the net in five, and five also seeing more than three goals. With their key holding midfielder, Jorginho, absent, Napoli could be more vulnerable than usual and there’s every chance of more goals in this one.
The fact that Pescara lost 12 times in Serie B last season and are not the most convincing of promoted teams means that we’re a little weary of taking Napoli on at 1.44. Instead we’re going to back Napoli’s trend of high-scoring games at promoted teams to continue, siding with both teams to score , while Over 3.5 Goals is also worth backing.