Roma vs Napoli last five H2Hs: Can Mourinho break his Napoli duck?

Roma welcome Napoli to the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday 23 December as two of Italy's biggest clubs go head to head. Neither side exactly have form on their sides coming into the match but what does the H2H say? The Roma vs Napoli last five H2Hs tell us that this is a good fixture for the visitors as Jose Mourinho has struggled against them since becoming Roma manager.

Roma vs Napoli last five H2Hs
Napoli have dominated the H2H against Roma in recent years – Photo by Icon sport

Roma vs Napoli H2H record

Roma and Napoli are two staples of Italian football with both clubs possessing the most passionate supporters in Italy. The match is always played in front of a frenzied atmosphere regardless of who is at home and they have been going at it now for a century. In total, the Roma vs Napoli rivalry has produced 164 matches.

  • Roma Wins: 58
  • Draws: 55
  • Napoli Wins: 51

There is nothing between the two clubs historically and there is not much between them this season, either. Roma are currently two points behind Napoli but they could leapfrog their old rivals with a win at the Olimpico on Saturday.

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Can Victor Osimhen return to his best this weekend? – Photo by Icon sport

Roma vs Napoli last five H2Hs

Roma 0-2 Napoli – 21st March 2021

Napoli and Roma faced off in March 2021 in unusual circumstances with the match played in front of no fans due to the Covid pandemic. Napoli came out on top 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico with both goals coming from Dries Mertens in the first half. The result helped Napoli to a fifth-placed finish in Serie A while Roma finished in 7th.

Roma 0-0 Napoli – 24th October 2021

Fans were back inside the Stadio Olimpico for the first Roma vs Napoli H2H of the 2021/22 season but they might wish they hadn't bothered. The match was the stereotypical Mourinho performance in a big game with Roma determined not to lose rather than going out all out for the win. The most excitement came on the touchline with both Mourinho and Luciano Spaletti seeing red late on.

Napoli 1-1 Roma – 18th April 2022

Napoli and Roma met at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona at the back end of the 2021/22 season with both teams chasing European football. Napoli even had an outside chance of winning the title while Roma's hopes of the top four were fading. In truth, a draw suited neither team but after goals from Insigne and El Shaarawy that's what both teams had to settle for.

Roma 0-1 Napoli – 23rd October 2022

Napoli made it back-to-back wins at the Stadio Olimpico in October 2022 when they beat Roma 1-0 to continue their excellent start to the Serie A season. Spaletti had Napoli playing the best football the club had seen in years and the win put them seven points clear at the top of Serie A in October. On the night, Mourinho managed to frustrate Napoli for the majority of the game until Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen found the breakthrough in the 80th minute.

Napoli 2-1 Roma – 29th January 2023

The most recent Roma vs Napoli H2H came in January 2023 with Napoli already on the verge of winning their first Serie A title in over two decades. Mourinho still had his eyes set on qualifying for the Champions League but their form in big matches had let them down. History repeated itself here with Napoli proving too much for Roma with the goals coming from Osimhen and Simeone. A few months later, Napoli were crowned champions while Roma made it to the Europa League final.

Recent Napoli vs Roma H2H
Napoli players celebrate their victory over Roma last time out – Photo by Icon sport

Potential MVP – Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku is thriving at Roma and the Belgian looks as good as he has done in years in the Italian capital. So far this season, Lukaku has scored 12 goals in 19 matches across Serie A and the Europa League and he will lead the line for Roma on Saturday night.

During his time at Inter Milan, Lukaku played against Napoli six times and his record against them is good. He has found the back of the net four times and has been on the winning side four times. Can he produce the good again on Saturday?

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Romelu Lukaku has been sensational for Roma this season – Photo by Icon sport

Key trend

If you want to watch a match full of goals then the Roma vs Napoli last five H2Hs tell us that this one isn't going to be for you. One of the last five matches between the two clubs has produced over 2.5 goals and with Napoli struggling at the minute, it's unlikely that this trend will change here. In terms of a result prediction, we're going for a score draw.

For more tips, check out our in-depth Roma vs Napoli prediction

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Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance Sports Journalist with ten years of experience covering football in the United Kingdom and abroad for various publications including the Manchester Evening News, UtdReport and Football Whispers. Andy also has a keen interest in basketball, cricket, golf and tennis and has covered major sporting events such as the Masters in Augusta.