Napoli’s quest for a top-six finish in the Serie A continues on Saturday evening as they play host to Sassuolo.
Despite winning the Coppa Italia, which guaranteed them a Europa slot for next season, Napoli has been underwhelming in the Serie A. For a club the has perennially participated in the champions league in recent years, they have found themselves in unfamiliar territory, sitting 7th on the log on 56 points, three points behind AC Milan in 6th.
They are not in contention for champions league slots for next season. However, they are still in this season’s champions league with second leg round of 16 at Barcelona coming up. They will need this game and the remaining two tough games at home to Inter and away to Lazio to use as a build-up for that tie.
Sassuolo have exceeded expectations and they will be looking to cement their hold on 8th place on the log. After losing the first game of the restarted season at Atalanta, they went on an 8-game unbeaten run before losing at home to AC Milan in their last game out. In all fairness, there is no shame in losing to Atalanta and AC Milan – two of the hottest teams in the Serie A at this point in time.
They’ve been playing an exciting brand of attacking football which has seen them score at least a goal in all the 10 games they have played since the resumption, including a thrilling 3-3 draw with Juventus earlier this month.
With both teams having nothing to lose, we expect them a rather open game that should avail a lot of goal scoring opportunities for both teams. Sassuolo have scored at least a goal in all the 10 Serie A games they have played. Napoli has scored in 9 of the 10 games they have played, with a visit to Atlanta the only time they failed to find the back of the bet. Both teams relish in playing attacking football and with the lackadaisical approach expected in this game we can certainly see both teams scoring and we are backing that option @ 1.55 with Blackbet as our initial tip betting tip for this game.
Napoli loss away to Parma was only their second loss of the restarted season, with the other one also coming away at Atalanta. At home, they’ve been pretty solid, winning three – against Spal, AS Roma and Udinese – and drawing 2-2 against high flying AC Milan. Gattuso is trying to raise the team’s spirit as they prepare for the resumption of the champions league round of 16 at the end of the season. The reverse fixture saw them coming from behind to win in 2-1 at the death in a game they dominated. With Sassuolo in a bit of a slump at the moment and two tough games coming up for Napoli, this game certainly gives them the best opportunity to get into a winning mentality that the coach is trying to build. We are backing them to get the job done and we are going for Napoli Win @ 1.60 with Blackbet as our final prediction for this game.
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