The Diego Maradona Stadium in Naples will host one of the most interesting matches of the upcoming weekend. The teams of Luciano Spalletti and Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho will be competing against each other. The teams occupy positions in the top four, but have different goals. The home side are one step away from Scudetto, while the visitors need to reclaim their place in the Champions League. Analysts believe the southerners will win. The club from the capital does not agree with such an outcome.
The Partenopei were stronger than Salernitana in their last match. The southern team also lost on penalties to Cremonese in Davide Ballardini’s first match in the Italian Cup 1/8 finals. Goals by Brazilian central defender Joao Jesus and Argentine striker Giovanni Simeone for Napoli were outshone by the efforts of Swiss midfielder Charles Pickel and Ghanaian striker Felix Afen-Gyan in the opposition. Nevertheless, the Azzurri’s position in Serie A is still strong.
Roma is back to winning ways. Last week, Paulo Dybala’s double helped the visitors beat Fiorentina 2-0, followed by a win over La Spezia with the same result. The visitors have not lost in seven games, but they are still behind Inter Milan and Lazio in the battle for the place in the top four on additional points.
Mourinho’s team has not lost on the road in all competitions since September. “Roma has the fourth best defense record in Serie A this season, conceding 16 goals. “The Giallorossi have not lost in their last six away matches. At the same time, the team kept the goal intact only once during this period, so it will be difficult for the visitors to resist against the leader in this match. We expect the Partenopei to win.