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Napoli showed midweek in the Europa League that the Scudetto this season mission number one in. With a lot of reserves in the base Napoli lost to RB Leipzig. The leader will have to stand again against SPAL.
Napoli is at the head of Serie A after 24 games played, but now the pressure is starting to increase. Juventus, the only remaining competitor, battles the victories and continues to hope for a misstep from the men of Maurizio Sarri. Napoli, however, is in an impressive form in the competition and that resulted in eight victories in a row. This was badly needed since the difference with Juventus is still only a point. Last weekend, Napoli took an early setback in the game with Lazio, but then the hosts controlled the game easily. The team of Sarri produced four goals in a time frame of thirty minutes and that was more than enough to secure the full loot.
On Thursday evening it soon became clear that Sarri does not take the Europa League too seriously. The Italians took it home against RB Leipzig and did so with a lot of reserves in the base. For example, Dries Mertens was not in the selection of the competition and experienced forces like Raul Albiol, Allan, Jorginho and Lorenzo Insigne started on the bench. Napoli still opened the score, but by the end of the game, the Germans struck hard. Timo Werner scored twice and between those goals, Bruma also managed to find the net. The 1-3 final score ensured that Napoli needed a miracle to reach the next round, but Sarri probably will not. It has become clear that he has put everything on the title.
Against SPAL he will start shuffling his team again as the regular base players start again. Vlad Chiriches, Faouzi Ghoulam and Arkadiusz Milik are still on the sidelines because of their injuries, but that will not affect Napoli’s performance. They have been sidelined for a while and Sarri has enough qualities within his selection to form a good team. Mertens will ‘just’ start the attack again.
Newcomer SPAL will really have to make every effort to prevent relegation to the Serie B. The doctoral candidate scrapes the points, but that was not enough to create a gap with the bottom three places. In fact, SPAL performs extremely poorly and the current number eighteen of Serie A will have to make progress to prevent fate. The hole with number seventeen Crotone, the first team above the dreaded line, has already risen to four points and as a result the pressure is starting to increase. It is actually not in line with the expectation that it will go much better with SPAL in the short term. The formation of Leonardo Semplici won only one of the last thirteen games and that one win was also booked at Benevento, the number last of the Serie A.
Last week it went wrong again in the home game against AC Milan. The start was dramatic, as Patrick Cutrone scored after two minutes, which meant that SPAL was immediately selected for pursuit. Initially, the hosts played well with the visitors from Milan, but after the rest there was no hold anymore. Cutrone doubled the margin on the board just after the hour and later Lucas Biglia and Fabio Borini were able to find the net. The 0-4 loss was again a knock for SPAL.
Semplici will also realize that his team needs a miracle to prevent the defeat against Napoli. The coach will not change much, despite the disappointing results of the last weeks, but his team will at least have a new name. Federico Mattiello will have to shoot this match. The 22-year-old midfielder gathered his fifth yellow card of the season in the duel with AC Milan and thus he is suspended.
Napoli vs Spal head to head matches
23.09.17 SA Spal Napoli 2 : 3
27.02.05 LP Napoli Spal 1 : 0
24.10.04 LP Spal Napoli 0 : 0