Napoli vs Sassuolo
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday 7 October 2018
Kick-Off: 17:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
After losing 3-1 to Juventus, Napoli will hope to rebound as they take on Sassuolo. The Partenopei are already six points behind the Bianconeri but come into this game having earned a narrow 1-0 lead over Liverpool in the Champions League.
Can they use this as a springboard to pick up a vital win and close the gap on the league leaders?
Napoli have earned some strong results despite the loss to Juventus. They have beaten Lazio, Milan, and Fiorentina and will be seeking to pick up another win against a Sassuolo side who were dealt a humbling loss against AC Milan.
Although the Neroverdi sit in fifth spot, they have been really lucky thus far. They may have won four games, but they have been gifted with a pretty easy fixture list.
A win over Inter on matchday one was by good fortune, as the Nerazzurri were not in great form, but wins over teams like Empoli and SPAL are to be expected as they are closer to Sassuolo’s level. They lost to Juventus 2-1 and managed to salvage a 2-2 draw with Cagliari, but they lost 3-1 in this same fixture last season.
Their 4-1 loss to Milan, however, has brought them back down to earth. Still, they have scored in all of their games so far and will hope to cause some problems for their hosts.
Napoli vs Sassuolo: Head-to-head statistics
- Napoli are unbeaten in their last five fixtures against Sassuolo at home (W3 D2)
- The Partenopei have lost just once against Sassuolo (W5 D4 L1)
- Napoli have won 7 of their last 8 home matches
Napoli vs Sassuolo: Prediction
Napoli have been in solid form so far this season. Yes, there was the shock 3-0 loss to Sampdoria, but otherwise, Carlo Ancelotti’s men have been one of the best performing sides in the Italian top flight this term.
Sassuolo, meanwhile have managed to net in every single game so far this season and should be able to continue that trend, but Napoli’s stronger attack should be able to wipe out any goal the visitors earn.
Napoli vs Sassuolo: Betting tips
Under 3.5 goals at 5/7 (1.72)
BTTS – YES at 8/11 (1.73).