Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Stadio Luigi Ferraris will host Wednesday’s football match between Genoa and Napoli, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the season finale. The Rossoblu are fighting hard to secure the Serie A survival, while the Partenopei aim to cement their spot in top six. Genoa showed character in their last league fixture, with the team coming from two goals behind to share the spoils with Udinese, and, no doubt, they regained a much-needed confidence.
Considering that the Neapolitans have already booked their place in the Europa League, we predict that the hosts are going to grab something from the match. Key defender Kalidou Koulibaly misses the Genoa game through suspension, which is yet another reason why away win should not be considered. The two teams shared the spoils in each of their last two meetings in the Serie A, and the history is likely to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Cristian Zapata):
The versatile Cristian Zapata is a defender who usually plays as a centre back but can be deployed at full-back on either sides. Although he is naturally right-footed, Zapata is equally skillful with both feet which aids his versatility. Currently plying his trade in Serie A with AC Milan, he started his senior professional career with Deportivo Cali.
He later moved to the Serie A club Udinese in 2005 ending up playing 168 games across six seasons with the club. In 2011, he moved to Spain with Villarreal but his stint was short-lived as he came back to Italy next season on loan with Milan.
He signed permanently for Milan in 2013. Zapata has been a Colombian senior international since 2008 and was a member of their 2011 COPA America and 2014 World Cup squads. The 29-year-old is generally solid at the back and quick on the counter making him a menace on the wings.
Highlighted Team (Napoli):
SSC Napoli is an Italian football club from the city of Naples which is playing currently in the Serie A. The club was founded officially in 1926 but the history from Napoli reaches back to 1904 with the club Naples Foot-Ball & Cricket Club that fused with Internazionale Napoli and was called FBC Internaples.
After 4 seasons the club changed its name to SSC Napoli (Societa Sportiva Calcio).
In the end of the eighties Napoli had the biggest success in the club history with the Argentinian legend Diego Maradona. Diego Maradona was able to win the league title twice, the national cup and the UEFA cup. The moment Maradona left the club Napoli got into big financial trouble.
In 2004 the local club was bankrupt. Despite the help of financial investors the club got regulated to the Serie C. After 6 years of playing in lower divisions Napoli managed to get back in the Serie A in season 2007/2008. Famous players that played for the club from Naples are: Maradona, Zola, Cavani, Blanc, Di Canio, Cannavaro.