Napoli vs Empoli
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: Friday 2 November 2018
Kick-Off: 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
After drawing 1-1 with Roma, Napoli will be looking to get back to winning ways as they host struggling Empoli at the Stadio San Paolo on Friday evening.
The Giallorossi again proved to be a thorn in Napoli’s side once again, and as a result, Carlo Ancelotti’s men have slipped to third spot in the rankings, behind Inter on goal difference following the Nerazzurri’s resounding 3-0 win over Lazio on Monday.
However, the Partenopei certainly will be relishing this great chance to reclaim second place and close the gap on Juventus to three points, as they are in action before any of the other major sides take to the pitch.
And struggling Empoli, who come into this game sitting in 18th spot, will present the perfect opportunity for Ancelotti’s side to get back on track.
Empoli managed to shock Juventus to take an early lead, but predictably, the Bianconeri came back to seal a 2-1 victory thanks to a stellar performance from Cristiano Ronaldo.
They have picked up just six points from their first ten games and are looking set for the drop unless if they get up and running – but it’s not likely to happen at the Stadio San Paolo.
Napoli vs Empoli: Head-to-head statistics
- Napoli are undefeated in their last 10 home matches
- The Partenopei have scored at least 2 goals in their last 6 matches against Empoli in all competitions
- Empoli have only beaten Napoli once at the Stadio San Paolo in Serie A
- Napoli have won their last three meetings with Empoli
Napoli vs Empoli: Prediction
Empoli have won just once this season, and are on a nine game spell without a victory. It’s hard to see them getting anything out of this fixture, despite their taking an early lead against Juventus – they couldn’t hold on to it.
Meanwhile, Napoli may have had to settle for a draw against Roma, but other from that the Partenopei have been quite solid at the Stadio San Paolo. They had to rally to earn a 3-2 win against AC Milan but against smaller sides they have been quite strong and three points plus a clean sheet should be the objective here for the Partenopei.
Napoli vs Empoli: Betting tips
Napoli – WIN and BTTS – NO at 2.10 (11/10)
Under 3.5 goals at 1.60 (3/5).