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Napoli vs Torino: preview and prediction

Napoli are looking to finish their Serie A campaign on a strong note after beating rivals Juventus on Sunday. The win extended their unbeaten streak to five games (2 wins, 3 draws). The hosts are just three points behind sixth-placed Atalanta and could temporarily move level with them if they can win their third consecutive league game for the first time this season.

Francesco Calzona, who was appointed last month to become Napoli’s third coach of the season, seems to have put his new team on the right track. But this will be a new test as they host a team that is in the top 10 going into this matchday. The fact that their only two wins against teams in the top 10 this season have come against Juventus (3-0) and Roma (1-0) shows that Napoli have rarely been able to get the better of the division’s best teams this season.

One of those seven defeats came in the reverse fixture in January (3-0), but that was a comfortable win for Torino against a Napoli side that was reduced to ten men from the 50th minute onwards. It was also their first win in 17 attempts (4 draws, 12 defeats) so it remains to be seen what psychological impact that victory will have on the away team going into this game.

Torino come into this game without a win in three Serie A games (1 draw, 2 defeats), while coach Ivan Juric is at risk of being banned from the touchline after he was sent off for dissent late in the second half of last week’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina. He was the second player to be sent off in that game as midfielder Samuele Ricci was also dismissed in the first half for a second yellow card. That means there has been a red card in three of Torino’s last four league games.

Key Players: Forward Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has been in good form under Calzona, with four goal contributions in Napoli’s last two games (3 goals, 1 assist). Duván Zapata has provided two assists in his last two appearances against Napoli and he also scored in Torino’s last away game.

Hot stat: Both teams have scored in eight of Torino’s 27 Serie A games this season. That is the lowest total in the league.

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