Napoli VS Sassuolo Prediction
Both of Napoli and Sassuolo are in desperate need of points in order to take a step towards resurrection, when on Monday evening, 28 November 2016, they’ll meet at the “Stadio San Paolo” in Naples. Their encounter comes as one of the last two fixtures from 14th round in the Italian Serie A, where we have two sides that cannot be particularly pleased by their midweek European engagement. And if Napoli will have one last chance to repair all damage caused by a goalless draw against Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday night, from now on Sassuolo must entirely concentrate into its domestic efforts, since the 2-3 loss against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night was crucial for their Europa League aspirations.
Napoli vs Sassuolo – Team News and Match Preview
Few days after their last home match in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League group stage Napoli remains at home turf. Anyway, it can become their last home match in the competition at all, if they lose the last group game against Benfica in Lisbon. Thus all lines of Napoli’s formation need to work more and they have to carry some extra contribution, since the Maurizio Sarri’s side apparently suffers from lack of typical striker, who can be vital with its lethal finishing and killing instinct in the box. Outgoing summer transfer of Gonzalo Higuain and long-term injury of his successor Arkadiusz Milik are certain blow upon Napoli’s ambitions, especially when Manolo Gabbiadini fails to benefit from a wonderful chance he has. Exactly lack of a central forward, influenced by Milik’s injury, came on moment which has been followed by sudden drop in Napoli’s form. However, the brace scored from Lorenzo Insigne during last Serie A round (1-2 in visit against Udinese) was a hint that Maurizio Sarri may have found a solution to the attacking crisis. Two goals scored by Insigne came right on time and as an end of his goal drought, dating from early April, when he scored for a 3-0 win over Hellas Verona. Anyhow that scoreless effort against Dynamo Kyiv few nights later has brought Napoli back to reality and they have some serious issues to sort out.
Sassuolo have not tasted victory since mid-October and just once for 11 games on all fronts. That’s the reason why “The Neroverdi” have lost their chances for progressing into the UEFA Europa League 1/16 finals, after another 2-3 defeat in space of five days. Besides Sassuolo’s midweek defeat by Athletic in Bilbao, Eusebio Di Francesco’s men have lost their visit to Sampdoria last round, when they were leading 2-0 until the 84th minute… remarkably, it was the third occasion this season “Neroverdi’ have thrown away a two-goal lead.
That poor form is placing club from the Emilia-Romagna region not so far away from the relegation zone, but Eusebio Di Francesco’s squad can feel somehow secure. That’s mostly due to a low Serie A competition and even bigger lack of points we can easily perceive among all bottom sides. Despite all four consecutive league defeats and winning of only a point out of last 5 rounds, Sassuolo still holds six points advantage above Pescara (18th). Most relegation pretenders have once again lost their weekend encounters, only Crotone have won a point from Sampdoria, but their overall record of 6 points in 14 games leaves them on 7 points from Sassuolo.
Napoli vs Sassuolo – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
In last few weeks we can note frequent rotations in Napoli’s midfield, where Brazilian Allan looks rock-solid about its starting position, as well as captain Marek Hamsik. Third starter in that line often varies, where Maurizio Sarri can choose among last season’s key playe Jorginho, who meets competition and enthusiasm of both summer signings – Amadou Diawara and Piotr Zieliński.
So decision who’ll begin next to Allan and Hamsik from the outset, as well as whether Sarri plans to start with a false nine in Dries Mertens’ face are main questions for “The Partenopei”. A potential success against Sassuolo can move them on only two points behind AS Roma and AC Milan, respectively 2nd and 3rd in the standings, so Napoli must not slip.
On other hand we have Sassuolo, who are known to score in most of their games, but apparently they concede more. Domenico Berardi’s absence is a huge blow but anyway, that’s not something new for Eusebio Di Francesco and “Neroverdi” must improve their defensive formation as soon as possible. They have conceded 16 goals in last 6 matches, which doesn’t speak well for their defensive capabilities. Nevertheless, Sassuolo have scored in almost every of their matches in the 2016-17 season, so we can expect another productive attacking performance of their attack, meaning they can score at least once.
Except already mentioned name of goal scorer Domenico Berardi, Sassuolo cannot rely to the injured midfielders Alfred Duncan, Davide Biondini and Stefano Sensi, but good news are Lorenzo Pellegrini has been included in the group, as well as winger Matteo Politano, who’s fully fit.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
We find decent value in currently suggested odds for “Both teams to score – Yes“. Truly, Napoli are favourites and that’s for a reason. Everything else than a home win should be received as another huge upset and a surprise, but we believe betting on goals by both teams worth and we can have that outcome in any moment of the game.
Venue: “Stadio San Paolo”, Naples.
Referee: Paolo Valeri.
Possible starting lineups of Napoli and Sassuolo
SSC Napoli: Pepe Reina – Faouzi Ghoulam, Raúl Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Elseid Hysaj – Allan, Amadou Diawara, Marek Hamsik – Lorenzo Insigne, Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens. (4-3-3)
US Sassuolo Calcio: Andrea Consigli – Pol Lirola, Luca Antei, Francesco Acerbi, Federico Peluso – Lorenzo Pellegrini, Francesco Magnanelli, Simone Missiroli – Antonino Ragusa, Federico Ricci, Grégoire Defrel. (4-3-3)