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.