Napoli’s Attacking Flair Should Help Them Ease Past Atalanta
Napoli made light work of easing past Ligue 1 outfit Nice to qualify for the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, August 22 with a convincing 4-0 aggregate victory. The Partenopei narrowly missed out on second place last season and will be hoping to mount a title challenge in Serie A this season.
They began with a 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona with the returning Arkadiusz Milik scoring the opening goal of the game. Mauricio Sarri’s men host last season’s surprise package Atalanta on Sunday, August 27 hoping to start the season with successive victories. Gian Pier Gasperini’s side slipped up on the opening weekend at home to Roma, narrowly losing 1-0, and they’ll be hoping to bounce back here. The hosts were surprisingly defeated 2-0 at this ground when Le Dea visited in February and will be hoping to avoid a similar blip this time around.
888Sport offer short odds on a Napoli victory with Serie A bettors expecting the home side to win comfortably in Naples.
Meanwhile, Roma welcome former coach Luciano Spalletti back to Stadio Olimpico as they face potential title rivals Inter. Juventus travel to face Genoa with Massimiliano Allegri’s side hoping to make it back to back victories and laying down their title credentials in the process. AC Milan comfortably won 3-0 away at ten man Crotone and new signing Nikola Kalinic may be given a start at the San Siro against Cagliari on Sunday, August 27.
Fiorentina host Sampdoria in Florence whilst newcomers Spal play their first home game of the season against Udinese. Torino and Sassuolo both picked up a point on the opening weekend and they’ll be aiming for their first maximum haul when they meet in Turin.