Napoli are set to play Cremonese at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Tuesday in the round of 16 of the Coppa Italia. Napoli come into this game on the back of a 5-1 win over Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus in the league. A brace from Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen and goals from Georgian winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Kosovan centre-back Amir Rrahmani and Macedonian midfielder Elif Elmas sealed the deal for Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli. Argentine winger Angel Di Maria scored the goal for Juventus.
Cremonese, on the other hand, lost 3-2 to Raffaele Palladino’s Monza in the league. A goal from attacker Patrick Ciurria and a brace from forward Gianluca Caprari secured the win for Monza. Attacker Daniel Ciofani and Nigeria international Cyriel Dessers scored the goals for Cremonese.
Napoli are currently top of the league table, and are nine points ahead of second-placed AC Milan. They have looked highly impressive under the management of Luciano Spalletti, and given the form of their nearest competitors, they now look the favorites to lift the Scudetto.
Key to their form has been smart recruitment. Despite letting go of names like Kalidou Koulibaly, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne, Napoli have managed to keep going, and indeed, evolve, as a team. Players like Kim Min-jae, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Victor Osimhen have been top-class performers this season.
It would be a shame to see this Napoli side broken apart in the summer, but Osimhen has been heavily linked with Manchester United for quite some time, and it is unlikely that top clubs will not sniff around the likes of Kim and especially Kvaratskhelia.
Cremonese, on the other hand, are bottom of the league table, and have lost four of their last five league games. Doing well in the Coppa Italia will surely be the least of their concerns; staying in Serie A is of paramount importance.
Napoli will be focussing more on Serie A, just like Cremonese, but for different reasons. However, they should be able to emerge victorious here.
Prediction: Napoli 2-0 Cremonese
This match will start from 1:30 am
This match will take place on 18 January 2023
Following Friday’s heroics and with a trip to fellow Campanian club Salernitana scheduled for Saturday, Luciano Spalletti is set to make several changes to his starting XI in midweek.
Eljif Elmas took the place of Piotr Zielinski against Sampdoria and sealed victory with a penalty, then scored as a substitute against Juventus, so should be among those promoted from the bench. Mathias Olivera could replace Mario Rui at left-back, while recent loan signing Bartosz Bereszynski deputises for captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo on the right.
Amir Rrahmani may make way for Juan Jesus in the centre of defence, but Kim Min-jae was withdrawn as a precaution against Samp so might now be rested instead. Up front, Victor Osimhen will most likely step aside for Giovanni Simeone.
Meanwhile, Cremonese can welcome back defensive regular Leonardo Sernicola at the Maradona, after he was sidelined by suspension at the weekend, but Vlad Chiriches is ruled out by injury once again.
Sirigu; Bereszynski, Jesus, Rrahmani, Olivera; Demme, Ndombele; Lozano, Raspadori, Elmas; Simeone
Carnesecchi; Hendry, Lochoshvili, Ferrari; Sernicola, Ascacibar, Meite, Castagnetti, Valeri; Buonaiuto; Ciofani
Tip 1: Result- Napoli
Tip 2: game to have over / under 2.5 goals- under 2.5 goals
Tip 3: Napoli to keep a clean sheet- Yes
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Napoli win with a probability of 61.1%. A win for Cremonese has a probability of 19.53% and a draw has a probability of 19.4%.
The most likely scoreline for a Napoli win is 2-1 with a probability of 9.54%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 2-0 (7.73%) and 3-1 (7.28%). The likeliest Cremonese win is 1-2 (5.14%), while for a drawn scoreline it is 1-1 (8.33%).
Napoli vs Cremonese a great match to watch, Napoli will win.