Sassuolo vs Napoli
Italy – Serie A
Date: Sunday, 22 December 2019
Kick-off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: MAPEI Stadium (Reggio Emilia)
The Neroverdi will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to five matches when they take on underachieving Napoli side, winless in 8 games.
Sassuolo vs Napoli: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (13 games): Sassuolo 1 win, Napoli 7 wins, 5 Draws.
- Three of the six matches played at Sassuolo’s ground failed to produce a winner.
- The Azzurri won three of the last five H2H matches against Sassuolo.
- Both teams have scored in four of their last six meetings.
- Napoli scored two or more in four of the last six outings vs Neroverdi.
Sassuolo vs Napoli: Prediction
After sharing the spoils with Juventus (2-2), Cagliari (2-2) and AC Milan (0-0), the Neroverdi finally claimed three points by beating Brescia 2-0 in a rescheduled game.
Roberto De Zerbi’s boys were clinical in front of goal as they converted two of their three goalscoring chances. With the win-draw-lose record of 5-4-7, Sassuolo are now 11th in the standings, tied with Bologna and Hellas Verona.
The Neroverdi have recorded three wins, one draw and four losses at MAPEI Stadium, scoring 2.25 goals per match and coneding two in return.
Chiriches, Defrel are on the sidelines, Consigli is a doubt with a muscle injury, Toljan is banned.
New coach, same old story. The Parthenopeans stretched their winless streak in the league to eight games following an upsetting 1-2 defeat to Parma on Gennaro Gattuso’s debut. As usual, Napoli had more possesion (67%), shots (22) and goalscoring chances (8), but they ended up empty-handed in the stoppages. The Azzurri are now occupying the 8th place on the ladder, seven points behind Atalanta.
Napoli have mediocre record on the road – two wins, four draws and two defeats, averaging 1.88 goals scored per bout, whilst conceding 1.63. They shared the spoils with Udinese in their latest away fixture.
Azzurri’s defence will be shorthanded as Coulibaly and Maksimovic are out with injuries, Malcuit is a long-term absentee and Toneli and Mertens will be evaluated before the match.
I have zero intentions of backing Napoli against team on the rise. Sassuolo have upped their game considerably and I’m positive this will be quite an interesting affair.
The hosts are scoring for fun at this venue, but they’re also conceding plenty. At least three goals have been scored in all of their home games this season (including the Coppa match) and 8 of their 9 bouts at MAPEI stadium had BTTS – Yes.
Therefore, I’m going with goals despite Napoli’s dreadfut shots-to-goal ratio. They literally need 9 shots to score a goal this season – in comparison, clinical Cagliari need 4.41 shots to net one.
With a 2-2 hunch, I’m picking BTTS – Yes as my main bet and Over 3 with decent odds.
Sassuolo vs Napoli: Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score – Yes @ 1.58
Over 3 Goals (Asian Total) @ 1.87.