Napoli Scudetto watch: When can the Serie A title favorites clinch the trophy for the first time in 33 years?

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Napoli fans are commonly known to be superstitious, but even for them Napoli’s win is so large they can really start to get ready to celebrate their first title win in 33 years early this season. Napoli’s last Scudetto win was in 1989-1990 when the legendary Diego Armando Maradona was the star of the club. It took them more than thirty years to be back at the top of the table, but with an 19-point advantage at the top of the table, even traditionally nervous Napoli fans can keep breathing easy. With eleven games left before the end of the Serie A season, Napoli are well positioned to win the Scudetto this year and will also play the UEFA Champions League’s quarter finals against AC Milan in two weeks.  

Coach Luciano Spalletti is trying to keep calm and work on a daily basis to achieve what would make him one of the most beloved coaches in the history of the club. Looking at the schedule, let’s try to figure out when can Napoli fans celebrate.

When can Napoli win?

After 27 games, Napoli have collected 71 points with an important margin of advantage over their rivals. After the win against Torino last weekend before the International break and Inter’s defeat against Juventus, the Azzurri took their lead over Lazio (now second in the table) to 19 points and 21 points over Inter. Spalletti’s team have won 23 games in total, drawn two, and lost twice against Inter and Lazio. With such a big margin if Napoli’s advantage remains the same over the rest of the season, fans can celebrate the title six games in advance on April 29, 2023 when they will face Salernitana at home. However, things can change considering that there will be some direct encounters between the rivals like this weekend when Azzurri will face AC Milan and the margin might be bigger if Napoli continue to win games. 

Breaking records 

Separate from winning the title, Napoli can also break some incredible records like the points scored total. Luciano Spalletti’s team have 71 points in the standings with 11 games left to play, which means that by winning all the remaining games, they could reach a maximum of 104 points. To establish the new Serie A record 103 total points would be enough since Antonio Conte’s Juventus stopped at 102 points in the 2013-14 season. 

It will be difficult for Napoli to be able to match another Juventus record, the defensive record for number of goals concededd in a season. Twice, in 2011-12 and 2015-16, the Bianconeri managed to concede only 20 goals. Napoli have currently conceded only 16 goals in 27 games, so they will need to concede a maximum of four goals in the remaining 11 clashes. 

The only record that Napoli won’t be able to break for sure is the one of finishing the season unbeaten, as it happened only three times in the history with Perugia (1978-1979), AC Milan (1991-1992) and Juventus (2011-2012), as Napoli lost to Inter on January 4 and against Lazio on March 3. 

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