Top 4 aspirants Roma face title-chasers Napoli in crunch encounter in the Serie A
The Serie A title race has reached its decisive stage as title chasers Napoli goes H2H with top-four aspirants Roma in a crunch battle in Naples.
While Napoli are just five points behind league leaders AC Milan, Roma are also within six points of fourth-place Juventus.
A win for either side will have huge ramifications on the race for the title and Champions League.
Napoli vs Roma: H2H Record
Napoli holds a good recent head-to-head record against AS Roma, having been unbeaten in their last four matches against the team from Rome while losing only one-off last seven encounters.
The teams shared a goalless draw in the first meeting of the season, while Luciano Spalletti’s side won this fixture 4-0 last season.
With high morale and recent history in their sight, Napoli will try to establish an iron grip over the contest. March 2018 was the last time the Blue army lost on home turf against the team from the capital.
Player Analysis | Lorenzo Insigne vs Tammy Abraham
Lorenzo Insigne has accumulated a legendary status for Napoli and could cement his legacy if he wins the Serie A title. In 26 matches for the club, this season Insigne has eight goals and seven assists to his name and could do with more on Monday.
Apart from the numbers, Insigne has been influential in turning the course of the game with his passing ability and keeping hold of possession in the final third.
Talking of impressive, Tammy Abraham had big shoes to fill this season as Edin Dzeko departed for Inter Milan. Luckily, Abraham has done the job as he has 15 goals and three assists to his name in Serie A.
Jose Mourinho's side will be targeting a place in the top four if possible, in which Abraham will have to play a crucial role. The England striker has scored some important goals this season, as he continues to reap rewards for his excellent showing.
Napoli vs Roma H2H: Season so far
With no European competition to halt progression, the home team has kept on pushing both the Milan clubs the fight for Scudetto continues.
In 32 matches so far in the Serie A, Napoli have won 20 and drawn six with 66 points while losing six matches as well.
Bizarrely, five of Napoli's six defeats this season have come on home turf, while they have been good travellers in the Italian top-flight losing only once.
The situation gets a little different for Jose's side as they won seven times away from home, but are yet to beat a challenging side like Napoli.
They also have two draws away from home, while losing the rest of their away contests. Sitting fifth in the table with 57 points and will only see them make Europa League for next season, while UEFA Europa Conference League remains a silverware that Jose could have his eyes on having reached the semi-final of the competition.
The tie should be a fascinating contest as both teams have a purpose to win. A win for Napoli will increase pressure on AC Milan and Inter Milan while a win for Roma will see Juventus worrying on their shoulders, for the top four place.
H2H Prediction: Napoli 2-1 Roma