Gary Monk faces a huge test in the early stages of his managerial career hosting Rafa Benitez’s Napoli side who have performed above expectations this season and sit 3rd in Serie A and we have free football betting tips.
Swansea edged through their group without a win in the last 4 games, the two wins at the start of the campaign proving crucial in their qualification. Napoli on the other hand dropped out of the Champions Leagues group of death, only missing out by a single goal in the final game against Arsenal.
Swansea’s league form has been inconsistent of late, picking up wins against rivals Cardiff, Fulham and a draw against Stoke. However these good results we’re separated by disappointing defeats to West Ham, Tottenham and more recently Everton in the FA Cup fifth round.
Jonjo Shelvey will continue to be a miss for Swansea with a hamstring injury, as will Michu and Kyle Bartley. Gary Monk decided to rest a few players in the defeat by Everton, with Bony, Dyer and Britton all likely to come back in to the starting 11.
Napoli’s away form in Italy is the second best in the league having only lost 3 of their 12 games played away from home. They head in to the game on the back of a huge cup win against 2nd place Roma, turning around a goal deficit to beat Seria A’s surprise package 3-0 in the second leg.
Gonzalo Higuain is an injury doubt after the 18-goal star man injured his back in the 2-0 win against whipping boys Sassuolo in Seria A. Higuain’s former Real Madrid team mate Jose Callejon may be Rafa’s replacement choice, who’s scored 13 goals in his 20 appearances so far for the club.
Napoli’s midfielders are always capable of scoring, Hamsik, Pandev and Jorginho Frello all finding the net numerous times this season and are all around 7 or 8/1 to score first. Swansea haven’t looked the same team without Jonjo Shelvey in the middle of midfield and I think Napoli will overrun them with their attacking talent on show. Routledge and Dyer may get some joy down the wings which leaves Bony as the target man at 7/1 first goal scorer.
Swansea v Napoli Betting Tips and Predictions
Napoli -1– Bet Here at 18/5 with William Hill
Napoli Halftime/Fulltime – Bet Here at 16/5 with William Hill
Wilfried Bony First Goal Scorer – Bet here at 7/1 with William Hill
Wilfried Bony To Score & a Draw – Bet Here at 4/1 with William Hill
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