Dries Mertens tips reflect he’s bang in-form
Here’s why you should take Dries Mertens tips for Napoli’s Friday home game in Serie A against Genoa.
When Napoli sold star striker Gonzalo Higuain for big money this past summer, Naples was rife with one question.
Who would replace the prolific Argentine’s goals?
The purchase of Poland poacher Arkadiusz Milik from Ajax looked the obvious answer, but then he got injured.
Step forward another and earlier Eredivisie export, Dries Mertens.
Wideman fronts up Little Donkeys
A diminutive winger who happened to be Rafa Benitez’s first signing at the Stadio San Paolo in 2013 was meant to supply goals – not necessarily score them.
Boasting only a modest international average of one in five for Belgium, Maurizio Sarri’s experiment didn’t look like it would work at first.
Once more into the breach of the Little Donkeys’ striking berth, Mertens has hit three hat-tricks in his last eight Serie A games.
Since December he’s scored 13 league goals and his overall tally is at 20 already.
Mertens is also on course to eclipse his best-ever scoring season.
He once netted 27 across all competitions for PSV Eindhoven in 2011/12.
Like a duck to water
Leading Napoli’s line in a league where the dark arts of defending are honed to real heights is no mean feat.
Happily for the Little Donkeys, though, next opponents Genoa are something of a home banker based on recent seasons.
Five of the last six meetings in Naples went the way of the hosts.
Genoa are also on an eight-match winless run, losing six of those.
Four of those came on their travels.
Wincast and last goalscorer odds appeal
Couple that with the mother of all purple patches for Mertens, and an 11/10 wincast available at Sky Bet makes perfect sense.
Although naturally odds-on in the anytime market, it’s also worth taking a punt on the last goalscorer market here.
Mertens had the final say in both his last two outings.
Do take these Dries Mertens tips seriously, as his red-hot form should continue.