Napoli vs Cremonese – Betting Preview
Napoli easily defeated Juventus on a hectic Friday night at Stadio Maradona to increase their lead atop the Serie A standings. They did this by spectacularly dismantling a Juventus defence 5-1 that had not allowed a goal in seven league games!
Victor Osimhen, the current Capocannoniere leader, scored twice and assisted Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s goal in the 39th minute as the Partneopei clinched the title of Italy’s “Campioni d’Inverno” (winter champions).
The leaders now have a significant advantage going into the second half of the season as Scudetto holders Milan missed the opportunity to cut their deficit back down to seven points after being held by Lecce.
Luciano Spalletti’s team is now focused on the Coppa Italia, which Napoli last won in 2014 and have won five times overall. They have also advanced to the knockout stages of the Champions League after impressing with their incisive attacking play.
They were exempt from playing in the cup’s earlier rounds because of their commitments on the continent, but they now hope to have a better chance of winning the trophy than they did the year before, when they lost to Fiorentina 5-2 at home and were eliminated in the round of 16 by them.
While ending Juve’s eight-game winning run means dreams of a first Scudetto since 1990 – when Diego Maradona bestrode the stadium which now bears his name – grow ever more real, Spalletti will want his team to become serial winners; making progress in the Coppa Italia a requirement.
The Partenopei defeated Cremonese 4-1 at Stadio Giovanni Zini in early October, so the Cremonese have already encountered Napoli’s relentless style. They must now travel to Naples, perhaps fearing an even worse outcome.
Contrarily, the Grigiorossi have had a terrible time in Serie A ever since their promotion back to the top flight after more than two decades away, despite the fact that their hosts are not only in excellent shape and the current standard-bearers for Calcio.
After Saturday’s defeat to fellow promoted club Monza, where Cremonese sank to a 3-0 deficit before the hour, head coach Massimiliano Alvini was on borrowed time. Only a late rally via goals from forward duo Daniel Ciofani and Cyriel Dessers added some respectability to the scoreline in a 3-2 deafeat.
The Lombardy team’s sixth home defeat of the campaign leaves them without a single Serie A victory this season and eight points outside of safety in 20th place. Unsurprisingly, Davide Ballardini has since taken Alvini’s place.
1×2 Betting Odds
Cremonese, who have never won the Coppa Italia, are in for a bleak relegation fight between now and June, but they can at least play without worry on Tuesday. With victories over lower-tier Ternana and Modena in the previous rounds, most observers anticipate their cup run to end at the third hurdle, so there is really nothing to lose.
It should come off as no surprise, but Napoli are the favourites to win this one with market odds standing @ 1.27.
For Cremonese, who are fighting for relegation, the prospect of playing the number 1 side can be a daunting task! They are the underdogs in this @ 12.00.
The possibility of a stalemate after the 90 mins are played, stands @ 6.80.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.52.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.75.
Napoli are the overwhelming favourites to win, but more than that the market also believes that they will win by a good margin!
This is a clash of team which are present at the opposite ends of the Serie A table, so expect a dominant show from the home side!