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Napoli recently left the Champions League after two defeats against Real Madrid and the southern Italian team will now focus all arrows on the competition. Secondly, this season seems highly feasible and that position would be exactly enough to do immediately following season participated in the CL. This Sunday there for Napoli a seemingly easy game against Empoli on the program.
Empoli vs Napoli Prediction & Betting tips
Empoli can this season easily be called the least attractive team of the Serie A. The men of Giovanni Matusciello seem an art to have to scrape together the necessary points with minimal effort. Current statistics are frankly to cry and therefore it should be called a miracle Empoli currently to be found above the relegation line. So Empoli produced only 15 goals in 28 games and therewith the drifting team of Matusciello rigid bottom of the ranking of goal production. The current form has created disappointed faces at the grassroots, because the pressure of the week so far lack the points. The last five games yielded five defeats and a paltry score a goal was produced in those five games. Empoli has the home advantage or Saturday, but simply winning a top team like Napoli seems to be a utopia.
Empoli does the happiness Crotone, Pescara and Palermo perform even worse, but the poor form could eventually end up with a disaster. The team of Matusciello namely balances on a thin rope because the gap to the eighteenth place has now shrunk to seven points.
What is striking, moreover, the fact that Empoli’s seems to be a bogey opponent for Napoli. In recent years, the Neapolitans managed namely not to convert the away game in profits and that could provide some extra confidence. Fact is that Empoli will have to conjure something special out of the hat for Sunday to keep the three points at home.
Probable lineup Empoli
Skorupski, Laurini, Bellusci, Costa, Pasqual, Croce, Diousse, Krunic, El Kaddouri, Maccarone, Pucciarelli
Two weeks ago there was for the Napoli match of the truth on the program. The formation of Maurizio Sarri traveled to the Italian capital for the clash with AS Roma and strength resulted in a resounding success. Dries Mertens was again the big man and his two goals in the end, the three points safe. By this victory Napoli put additional pressure on AS Roma as the gap to the Romans dwindled to just two points. Afterwards Napoli otherwise reasonable lost no chance of Real Madrid in the Champions League, but last week Napoli recovered send by Crotone with a deserved 3-0 home defeat. The duel with the lurching Empoli now seems to be ideal to further increase the pressure on AS Roma. Napoli comes this weekend in action rather than AS Roma and another victory would hence be just enough to claim second place.
In terms of staffing Sarri has really nothing to complain about. Napoli faced in recent weeks with a heavy schedule as the team into action in Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League, but this series of games has hardly caused physical discomfort. The man who this week is again monitored is Dries Mertens. The fast Belgian striker produced four goals in the last three games and he will appear with confidence to kick-off. Moreover, it is questionable whether Sarri his best eleven is going to send in the field. The busy schedule made last week for quite a few changes which would once again this may be the case.
Probable lineup SSC Napoli
Reina, Hysaj, Chiriches, Koulibaly, Strinic, Ray, Jorginho, Hamsik, Callejon, Mertens, Insignia
Empoli vs Napoli head to head
26.10.16 SA Napoli Empoli 2 : 0
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