Soccer Picks: Napoli vs. Bologna

Mike Richardson

Monday, August 19, 2013 3:19 PM GMT

Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 3:19 PM GMT

Get ready to win big in Italy next weekend thanks to your Humble Handicapper’s picks for Serie A’s Napoli V Bologna.


It seems that the bookies have little faith in Bologna as they have them at 20/11 to finish in the top ten while Napoli are such a safe bet that there are no odds out there on them finishing on top 10. Don’t forget that Napoli are 8/1 on the soccer odds boards(and the bookie third favourite) to win Serie A this season while they’re 9/4 (fourth favourites) to be relegated to Serie B.

‘Ave a Butcher’s

Looking at the last 5 meetings between these two sides we see that it’s the visitors who have had the best of it so far.  The away side have come out on top three times (the most recent last three meetings in fact). The last time it was a home victory was way back in May 2012. That time it was Bologna who won with a 2-0 scoreline

Tallying up the goals in those e last five meetings in all competitions and it comes out seven to Napoli and seven for Bologna. However in the last three it’s almost just as close with Napoli outscoring Bologna six to five.

Seems Like Just Yesterday

Last season Napoli were runners up (nine points shy) of the league title. Losing out to Juventus despite this they outscored them 73 -71. It was Napoli’s rear that caused the problems as they let in 36 goals, almost one per game (for the record Juventus let in just 24 (less than a goal per game).

Bologna were very mid table last term, they tallied up just 44 points to finish 13th in the league, it’s interesting to note that the three teams below them were all docked points because of the “2011-12 Italian football Scandal”.

Staying in the past shows us that Bologna only managed six victories away from home last term, with eight draws and five defats. While Napoli Managed 14 home wins and three draws with just five home defeat. That suggests that the best Bologna can hope for is a draw, offered up this time round at 1-1 at 8/1.

The sportsbooks fancy Napoli winning 2-0, 1-0, 2-1 and 3-0, 3-1 and 4-0 ahead of Bologna winning 1-0 (a 1-0 away win is at 21/1 with Bet Victor) while 4-0 to Napoli is offered up at 18/1 (with the same bookie) for our Serie A soccer picks.

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If I haven’t made it clear enough by now, that should tell you who to bet on.

Free Soccer Picks: Napoli win 3-0, available at 9/1 with Ladbrokes.

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