Paolo Bandini’s Serie A Betting: Napoli can overcome Bologna tonight as Koulibaly returns


Bologna v Napoli, Friday 7.45pm

After a surprising draw against Palermo, Napoli could do with bouncing back quickly to reassert their grip on a spot in the top three. But to do so will require inverting recent trends. They have not won away to Bologna since 2013. 

Maurizio Sarri is expected to keep faith with the diminutive attacking trio of Dries Mertens, José Callejón and Lorenzo Insigne, even as Leonardo Pavoletti approaches full fitness and Arkadiusz Milik makes it onto the bench for the first time following his four month injury layoff.

But perhaps even more significant for this weekend is Kalidou Koulibaly’s return from the Africa Cup of Nations. Napoli have not kept a clean sheet in six matches, but they had three in five right before he went away.

Away team to win without conceding - 2.65