Our football match prediction:
High-flying Napoli will be looking to build on a thrilling 7-1 win over Bologna when they welcome Genoa at their Stadio San Paolo on Friday evening. Thanks to the triumph at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara the Neapolitans climbed to second place in the Serie A standings, but they do not want to stop now. Maurizio Sarri’s men are eager to put an end to Juve’s dominance in the Italian top flight, but they will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the season if they are to win their first domestic trophy since 1990. Dries Mertens has been scoring goals for fun this season and we predict that the Belgium international will pose a big threat for Genoa defenders. The Rossoblu are on an eight-game winless run in all competitions and they are unlikely to spoil Napoli’s party at Stadio San Paolo on Matchday 24.
Highlighted Player (Chiriches):
Vlad Iulian Chriches had an unusual path to the biggest stage, spending some time at the Benfica youth academy before returning to Romania to start his professional career at International. The central defender arrived to Steaua Bucuresti via Pandurii Targu Jiu and he needed just a year and a half to secure a big club move. After snubbing a number of offers from Italian Serie A, Chiriches joined Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013, becoming Steaua’s record transfer in the process. However, the Romania international did not enjoy the best of starts to his career in England and he was sold to Napoli after two somewhat disappointing seasons at White Hart Lane. Chiriches has struggled for playing time at Stadio San Paolo as well, and he will probably need to play on regular basis if he is to realise his full potential. Meanwhile, the powerful defender remains an important member of the Romania national team, having earned more than 40 caps for the Tricolorii since making his debut in 2011.
Highlighted Team (Genoa):
Genoa Football Club is an Italian football club founded in 1893 and is the oldest Italian football club in the nation. The club plays it’s home gamesin the Stadio Luigi Ferraris which holds a capacity of 41 000 seats. Genoa FC shares the stadium with their rival UC Sampdoria. The club colours of Genoa are Red and Blue. Genoa FC is also known as Grifoni.Genoa FC has a very rich football history. The club won the Serie A in 1898, 1899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1915, 1923 and 1924.Since 1924 the club didn’t won any major prizes. Like almost every football club in Italy the Genoa FC history has it’s black pages as well. Important players in the history of Genoa FC are: Gilardino, Toni and Hernan Crespo.