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Serie A Preview: Can Napoli Keep Up with Roma and Juventus? Who Will Win Friday’s Relegation Battle? (January 7th, 2017)

Serie A Preview: Can Napoli Keep Up with Roma and Juventus? Who Will Win Friday’s Relegation Battle? (January 7th, 2017)

The Italian Serie A resumes play on Friday with two important games: Napoli plays host to Sampdoria, while Empoli and Palermo clash in a battle at the bottom of the table. Both games have significant consequences, and we will watch to see which teams can kick off 2017 the right way.

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Empoli vs. Palermo

Where? Carlo Castellani

When? 11:00 AM CT

Empoli and Palermo lie neck-and-neck at the bottom of the table, and both will be desperate to pick up points on their road to securing Serie A status. Palermo has the bigger goalscoring threat in Nestorovski, but their 35 goals allowed is the highest in the league and I believe their dismal defense will allow Empoli to snatch a precious 3 points in this clash.

Prediction: Empoli 2-1 Palermo

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Napoli vs. Sampdoria

Where? 1:45 PM CT

When? San Paolo

Napoli comes into this match against mid-table Sampdoria on the losing side of a 3-way battle for first with Roma and Juventus. They lie 3 points adrift of Roma, who in turn lie 4 points of Juventus. Needing to make up a 7-point difference to climb to the top, Napoli needs to make every game count. They cannot afford to drop any points against Sampdoria, and I believe Mertens, Insigne, and Callejon can help draw level with Roma.

Prediction: Napoli 3-1 Sampdoria