Napoli v Bologna - Saturday 19:45, BT Sport 2
Having had to work hard for a draw at promoted Pescara on the opening day of the season, Napoli have since won their last two and also won at Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League in midweek, thanks to a brace from Milik as the Pole certainly doesn’t look to be fazed by the task of replacing Higuain. Bologna have also picked up two wins, but both of those were at home and they were thumped 5-1 in their only road game so far at Torino as they look to build on their 14th place finish last term in what was their first season back in the top division.
Napoli’s home record is an imperious W17-D3-L0 since the start of last season as they’ve average 2.7 goals in these games and kept eight clean sheets, while they were ahead at half-time 14 times. Indeed they led at the break in five of their six home games against sides that finished between 11th and 16th last term and as a result we’re going to back them to be ahead at half-time and full-time here.
Bologna’s 6-0 thumping at the Stadio San Paolo last term came as something of a surprise as it was their only away defeat by more than two goals and they were generally pretty good defensively on the road, keeping eight clean sheets. However, a 5-1 defeat at Torino is a real concern and with the likes of Milik and Callejon in excellent form having netted four goals apiece in Napoli’s last three games in all competitions, we expect Napoli to win this one well and are going to back them to cover the -2 handicap.