Napoli aren’t done yet, and promise to give a shake to the Champions League spots fight in Serie A, and have an impact to Scudetto title race from which they are already out. AS Roma vs. Napoli is the main header of the weekend, and the result will have many effect for the other competitors. The best odds of the week, maybe of the year, are on Verona against Atalanta; safe ones from Spezia vs. Cagliari. Here’s a complete preview, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
AS Roma vs. Napoli
Sunday, March 21, 2021 – 03:45 PM EDT Stadio Olimpico
The so-called Sunshine Derby, from the name of the highway connecting the two cities and the sunny shape of Southern Italy to whom both cities belong, usually is also a big fight. Missing crowds will possibly mean less agonism, but not a lack of competitiveness. Napoli did a huge feat by beating AC Milan at home last week, and now are fully running for a Champions League spot, that last one that was occupied by AS Roma consistently until 3 weeks ago, when they had lost to Milan and gave their position to Atalanta.
As you see, it's like a huge round-robin, and couldn't be different considering that there are 6 teams within 5 points racing for 3 Champions League spots. Roma are back from a long trip from Ukraine in Europa League, and in spite of the 3-0 in the first leg, such disruption in the weekly preparation of the game is heavily affecting the performance. It was clear about Milan last week, losing to Napoli after playing in Manchester.
And indeed Napoli are gonna make the most of this long full week of preparation, having back all together Dries Mertens, Victor Osimhen, and Hirving Lozano, something that didn't happen since October! In every big away game, Napoli have always been able to keep a low score: 0-1 and 1-0 in San Siro against Milan and Inter, 2-0 against Juventus in the Supercup. They will put up a fight as the one against the Rossoneri, and the Under 2.5 Goals is fantastically priced.
Verona vs. Atalanta
Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 07:30 AM EDT at Stadio Bentegodi
Atalanta came back frustrated from Madrid. Nobody expected them to reverse the qualification, but surely many thought they could have performed at their best. Instead they lost humbleness, which is the main base of all their commitment and tactical project. A frustration that will have consequences in short term, not only because it will be hard to shift focus to Serie A, but especially because their high self-confidence has been heavily hammered.
In that way, Verona are the worst to face because possibly they are the reduced version of Atalanta, and not only cause Verona manager Ivan Jurić used to be the pupil of Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini. Last week Verona have lost in last minutes their game against Sassuolo, which will anger them even more against an Atalanta that could lack motivation.
Verona are dynamic, restless, and in the whole first half of the season had lost only 1 out of 8 games against the top 8 teams. The odds on Verona to win are absolutely fantastic and definitely worth taking also cause in no way, not even at their best, it would have been an easy game for Atalanta.
Spezia vs. Cagliari
Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 01:00 PM EDT at Stadio Picco
It can also be counted on the ability of Spezia to be proactive, although their technical limits are also leaving chances to opponents. Those issues are now exposed by a dramatic drop of position in the rank, and against Cagliari, it is a direct clash, as the Sardinians are in the relegation zone but only 4 points behind Spezia. Since Cagliari had a managerial change their game has changed too, and they are now scoring much more easily, doing so even against Juventus.
Free Soccer Pick: Both teams to score at -125 (1.8) at Intertops