Soccer Picks: Napoli vs Torino

Steven Suarez

Friday, October 25, 2013 3:55 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 3:55 PM UTC

The Blues need a win this weekend to keep the pressure on Roma in Serie A. They should be able to follow through at home versus Torino. Are you willing to place your cash on Napoli?

Odds Overview

Along with Juventus (at home to Genoa), Napoli is a humungous favorite to win this weekend. The soccer odds can be found in the ballpark of -275 to -300.

Whether or not Torino can mount a serious challenge remains to be seen, but soccer oddsmakers aren't like their chances too much. The Bull is as high as +900 to steal away three points inside Stadio San Paolo on Sunday.

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So far so good for Napoli. They're tied with Juventus on points for second place in Serie A, but have the edge in goal differential at this moment.

The only blemishes for the Blues are a 1-1 draw at home to Sassuolo and a 2-0 away defeat to league-leading Roma. Oter than that, it's been a great start to their season, highlighted by a 2-1 away win over AC Milan at the San Siro.

During the week, Napoli notched another victory, this time in the Champions League. Jose Callejon and Duvan Azapata were the scorers in the 2-1 away win at Marseille, with Callejon's goal coming off a great assist from Gonzalo Hiquain.

He may not be scoring as many goals as Edinson Cavani did, but Hiquian has been a great buy for Napoli. He's scored three goals in seven Serie A appearances and has a goal and an assist in two Champions League matches.

When you've also got playmakers like Marek Hamsik, Dries Mertens, Goran Pandev and Gokhan Inler, you're always going to be threatening going forward. Torino may find that out the hard way this weekend.


The Bulls have gone winless over their previous four Serie A matches, but they did manage a 3-3 draw against Inter Milan in their most recent appearance.

In what was one of the most eventful matches of the week, Torino got goals out of Alexander Farnerud, Ciro Immobile, and Nicola Bellomo. In all, the Bull had 21 total shots, five of which were on goal, while controlling 61 percent of the possession.

Getting a point isn't going to do Torino much good though, as they're currently in tenth place in the table, with two wins, four draws, and two losses through eight matches.

Alessio Cerci has been the main man for the club this season, scoring six goals already. His form has earned him a serious look from the Italy national team and he'll be trying to make life difficult for Napoli's defense on Sunday.

Truth be told, he just may not have enough help. It would be reasonable to expect Torino to employ some safe tactics in hopes of getting a draw, meaning Cerci may be left stranded without much service in this match.

Serie A Pick

Expect more business as usual for Napoli here at home. Torino poses some danger, but the Blues are the far more talented team and know they cannot afford to drop any points in the extremely competitive league race.

The atmosphere inside Stadio San Paolo is something special and the club has responded by going undefeated in four home matches this term. In those three wins and one draw, Napoli has scored 10 times and allowed one solitary goal.

Torino will give it a go here, but don't expect anything crazy. The Blues are firm soccer pick favorites for a reason and should be able to handle the occasion well.

Soccer Pick: Napoli 2 Torino 0

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