Italy: Serie A
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+1)
The names of three representatives of Calcio in the next Champions League are already known. These are Juventus, Roma and Napoli. But the matter is that according to the rules of the main tournament UEFA into the main net only two best teams – the champion and the vice-champion of Serie A - can get.
And the 3rd team every year has to go through the additional qualification that will be held in August. And here the Italian clubs usually face great problems.
One successful qualification
2012. Udinese (Italy) – Braga ( Portugal) - 2:2 (1:1, 1:1 and 4:5 during penalty shots);
2013. Milan (Italy) – PSV (Holland) - 4:1 (1:1 and 3:0);
2014. Napoli (Italy) - Athletic Bilbao (Spain) - 2:4 (1:1 and 1:3);
2015. Lazio (Italy) – Bayer (Germany) - 1:3 (1:0 and 0:3);
2016. Roma (Italy) – Porto (Portugal) - 1:4 (1:1 and 0:3).
As we see, during last 5 years only Milan in August 2013 had managed to pass through the qualification barrier. And especially devastating was the latest fiasco of Roma at its home arena Stadio Olimpico (0:3).
Minimal chances of Azzurri
And now exactly 2 matches prior to the end of the season the team of Luciano Spalletti (the 2nd line) is ahead of its main and the only one opponent (Napoli) with 1 point.
Juventus – 85, Roma – 81, Napoli – 80 …
It is natural that during the nearest home match against the underdog Crotone the club from Turin will become the champion of Italy for the 6 time. The chances of Roma to return the vice-champion title during two left matches against Chievo and Genoa are rather high …
So, Neapolitans will for sure take part into summer qualifiers for the Champions League. But does the team of Maurizio Sarri have any chances to fight for the title of the second team?
It is obvious that Napoli during two left matches against Fiorentina and Sampdoria (on the 28th of May) has to win at least with the score 1:0 as in Italy the goal difference between scored and missed goals is not essential. And Roma also has to play in draw in one out of two its matches…
Napoli– 1,25, draw – 5,75, Fiorentina – 11,00;
Our tip: Both teams to score YES - odds 1.67 Bet365