Serie A 2up and win predictions: Can Napoli take inspiration from six-goal thrashing?

Though Inter may have the Scudetto all but wrapped up, there is still plenty left to play for elsewhere in Serie A. The Champions League spots may soon come under threat from Daniele de Rossi’s Roma renaissance and a new-look Napoli. In the relegation battle, only five points separate 19th placed Cagliari and 13th placed Empoli.

Serie A 2up and win predictions: our picks

With things so tight in Italy’s top flight, goal difference could make all the difference come the end of the season in May. As such, winning by two goals, or more, is a key aim for Serie A’s top teams. Here are our picks for who could take a two goal lead and earn you an early payout.

Daniele De Rossi has revitalised Roma – Photo by Icon Sport

Monza vs Roma

How quickly things can change in football. Just over a month ago, Jose Mourinho was still Roma manager, and oversaw an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Lazio in the Roman derby, in which two Roma players saw red. The football was poor to watch, and the results were even poorer.

Fast forward to the present, and former Roma captain Daniele de Rossi now occupies the dugout, implementing a swashbuckling, free-scoring style. It has also yielded results.

Roma have won five of six Serie A games under de Rossi, and narrowly triumphed over frequent foe Feyenoord in the Europa League to reach the last 16.

Monza are not to be underestimated, however. They beat Roma at home last season, and recently won 4-2 against AC Milan. But with Roma so free-scoring, they may well slip a couple of goals behind at some point; even if it doesn’t end that way.

In our Serie A 2up and win predictions, Victor Osimhen is key
Victor Osimhen netted a hat-trick last time out – Photo by Icon Sport

Napoli vs Torino

Napoli will welcome Juventus to the Diego Armando Maradona, looking to build on a rampant 6-1 win on the road against Sassuolo. 

Napoli have not looked themselves much this season, and are still languishing in ninth place. Despite losing relatively few of last season’s Scudetto-winning stars (Kim Min-Jae was the only major playing departure), the loss of Luciano Spalletti in the dugout has left a hole, and the club are now on their third manager of 2023/24, Francesco Calzona.

Perhaps the biggest positive for Napoli is Victor Osimhen’s resurgence. After suffering from injuries in the first half of the season, the Nigerian is on fire, and has scored five goals in Calzona’s first three games. Such performances will do little to shorten Osimhen's lengthy list of suitors for a summer transfer.

Juventus will be a tough test for Napoli. The Old Lady are a comfortable second in Serie A, and have already beaten them once this season. But Massimiliano Allegri’s men are in the midst of an injury crisis, and have won just one of their last five. If Napoli start quickly, they might just be able to catch Juve off balance and take a two goal lead.

Lautaro Martinez has been electric this season – Photo by Icon Sport

Inter Milan vs Genoa

Simone Inzaghi’s Inter Milan are having a season to behold. After reaching the Champions League final last season, the Nerazzurri look even better this season, there are few blots in their copybook. Inter have a colossal goal difference of +51, well over twice as good as second placed Juventus’ +22. They are also nine points clear with a game in hand at the time of writing.

But one of the few aforementioned blots on the Nerazzurri’s copybook is their surprising 1-1 draw with their Monday night opponents, Genoa. Inter had far more chances than Genoa on the night, generating over triple their expected goals tally, but could not pull away from their hosts.

However, Inzaghi’s side welcome Genoa to the San Siro this time around, and will be determined to get their own back. Since their draw, they have won ten in a row. They possess Europe’s tightest defence and one of its hottest strikers in Lautaro Martinez. The Argentine has 22 goals in as many Serie A appearances. Expect Inter to run away with this one.

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