Napoli vs Sassuolo
Date: Sunday, 13th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 19:45/20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
The Blues will face Sassuolo in their first Italian Cup match this season at Naples. Carlo Ancelotti’s team are clear favorites to qualify to the next round.
Napoli is second to Juventus in the league with some stellar performances over this season. From their last 5 games in all competitions, they won 3 and lost twice as well. Both those defeats were against stronger opposition like Inter and Liverpool in the UCL. Less than 2.5 goals were scored in 4 of those last 5 games and they failed to keep a clean sheet in 3 of those matches as well.
At home, they are on a 4 match win streak in all competitions and never lost a match since a loss to Roma in March 2018. So the visitors will need some luck to stop the host in front of their home crowd.
The Black and Greens had an easy path to this Round-of-16 match. They defeated Trenana with a whopping 5-1 score line and went on to win against Catania 2-1 to seal their place in the last 16.
But they are on a 2 game losing streak, which makes them winless in the last 3 matches on the row. More than 3.5 goals were scored in 3 of the last 5 games they played in all competitions. Also, they are fresh from a loss against Roma in their last match ion the road. They have 2 wins and losses in the last 5 away fixtures and less than 2.5 goals were scored in 3 games in that spell.
Ancelotti’s tactics may prove to be the difference between these two teams and I think at the end he will have the last laugh.
Napoli vs Sassuolo: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Blues are unbeaten in the last 6 matches against Sassuolo across all venues.
- They have won 3 of those 6 matches and scored 2 or more goals in 4 matches in that spell as well.
- More than 2.5 goals were scored in 4 of the last 7 meetings between these teams.
- Sassuolo has never won at this ground against Napoli in any competitions.
- The hosts have 4 wins in the last 5 h2h games against Sassuolo at Naples and are on a 2 match win streak too.
- In 4 of their 6 h2h matches here, the final score had less than 2.5 goals in total.
Napoli vs Sassuolo: Prediction
With a 4 match win streak at home Napoli seems to be on fire. They have not lost a game in the last 18 matches and won 14 of them. So based on only their home form we can bet on the hosts to win at both half time and full time with 2.10 odds.
In 3of their last 5 home matches that Napoli played, the final score had over 2.5 goals. This is also the same trend in 3 recent matches of Sassuolo. More than 2.5 goals also evolved in 2 of their previous meeting at these venues. Thus a bet can be placed on a score with over 2.5 goals with 1.60 odds.
Napoli vs Sassuolo: Betting Tips
HT/FT: Napoli/Napoli @ 2.10 (11/10).
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.60 (3/5).