Stadion Italia

The Sunday fixtures in Serie A start early as Napoli welcome Cagliari to the Stadio San Paolo in the 7th round of fixtures in the Italian top flight.

This will be the last round of games for clubs before their players head off with their national teams for crucial World Cup qualifiers.

Napoli will be aiming to maintain their position at the top of the table as they continue to pursue their first Serie A title since 1986/97.  Cagliari will be hoping to avoid a relegation battle this season and a top half finish would be good.

Napoli Form

Napoli come into this match full of confidence having defeated Feyenoord 3-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday night.  It was a crucial win for Napoli having lost their first game in the group.

Attention turns back to Serie A this weekend and Napoli start on top of the table with a 100% record from their 6 games played.  Second place Juventus have the same record but Napoli have the superior goal difference.

The most notable thing about Napoli in Serie A this season is the number of goals the have scored.  They have netted 22 times in just 6 games, at an average of 3.66 goals per game.  They have scored at least 3 goals in every league game.

At home, Napoli have lost just 1 of their last 17 Serie A games which came back in October 2016, almost a year ago.

Cagliari Form

Cagliari start the weekend in 13th place in Serie A and have won 2 of their 6 league games.  There have been wins against Crotone at home and SPAL away, both of which came with a clean sheet.

However, Cagliari have lost their 4 other games, with defeats coming at Juventus and Milan and at home to Sassuolo and Chievo Verona.  The latter two results were the most disappointing for Cagliari as these were the games they were hoping to get something from and they finished empty handed, without scoring a goal.

Away from home in Serie A, Cagliari have won only 3 of their last 18 games and have conceded 16 goals in their last 6 games on the road.

Team News

Napoli have lost striker Arkadiusz Milik to a long-term knee injury and he will not feature until well into the new year.  Otherwise Napoli are at full strength and will feature the trio of Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne in attack.

Cagliari are without Pinheiro Rafael de Andrade who is injured and the suspended Fabio Pisacane.  There are also doubts over the fitness of Gregory van der Wiel, Gabriel and Andrea Cossu.

Top Betting Tips

Napoli are heavy favourites to win this game and expect to see them attack from the first whistle against Cagliari.  There should be plenty of goal scoring opportunities and Napoli to win with over 3.5 goals is 4/5 with Ladbrokes.

Napoli have scored 3 or more goals in every league game they have played this season and we could be in for more of the same in this one.  Napoli to score 3 or more goals is 1/2 with Coral.

Dries Mertens gets many of the headlines for Napoli but Jose Callejon has scored in each of his last 4 games.  Callejon is 4/1 with Bet365 to get the first goal of the match.

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Huddersfield vs Leicester City

Huddersfield finally lost for the first time this season against West Ham United last time out following a strong start that has seen them win three and draw one of the opening four matches. The Terriers were the favourites for relegation at the start of the season, but they have defied the odds on their way to 6th place in the table. On Saturday they come up against a Leicester City side who have lost three of their first four matches in the league. Craig Shakespeare’s side have had a tough fixture list though, having already played Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United and I’m backing them to get back to winning ways against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Huddersfield 1 – 2 Leicester City

Liverpool vs Burnley

Liverpool were very disappointing last weekend following Sadio Mane’s red card and fans were left disappointed with the lack of fight shown on their way to a 5-0 loss. The Reds followed this up with a 2-2 draw against Sevilla in the Champions League on a night when they were left to rue missed chances and defensive mistakes. They face Burnley on Saturday in a must win game for the Reds and I think they’ll do just that. Philipe Coutinho could well come in for his first start of the season and I fancy the little Brazilian to have a big say in the outcome.

Liverpool 3 – 0 Burnley

Newcastle vs Stoke City

Newcastle picked up a key victory against Swansea City last time out to make it two wins on the bounce and they have shown that they’ll be a tough side to break down this season. Mark Hughes’s Stoke City team ended Manchester United’s winning run last weekend during a 2-2 draw and I fancy them to pick up another draw in this one.

Newcastle 0 – 0 Stoke City

Watford vs Manchester City

Manchester City have been irresistible in attack in both of their last two games, scoring nine goals in the process. On Saturday they come up against a Watford side who have impressed me this season. Marco Silva looks to have made some quality signings and the Hornets currently find themselves inside the top 4. I think Manchester City will win this one, but I don’t think they’ll have things all their own way.

Watford 1 – 3 Manchester City

West Bromwich Albion vs West Ham United

West Bromwich Albion were surprisingly poor last time out against Brighton and Tony Pulis will have been disappointed to have lost their first game of the season. This weekend they face a West Ham United side who picked up their first win of the campaign last time out and I fancy we could be in for a tight, tense affair here. Andy Carroll returned in the win against Huddersfield and the England hopeful had a big impact on the game with his aerial threat.

West Bromwich Albion 2 – 2 West Ham United

Middlesbrough vs QPR

It has been something of a stop start season for Middlesbrough so far, but the North East club are unbeaten in their last four matches and now find themselves just a solitary point away from 5th place. Saturday’s opponents QPR are level on points with them, but I fancy Middlesbrough to win this one. They arguably have the best attacking options in the Championship and if things click they could blow some teams away this season.

Middlesbrough 3 – 1 QPR