SSC Napoli vs UC Sassuolo / Serie A – This match in the eighth round of the Italian Serie A also has the epithet of derby, because it is played between the second Napoli and fifth Sassuolo, which is currently two points behind. However, it is quite clear that the Napolitans apply for a big favourite, given that they have a much better team than their rivals from Sassuolo, which they last season defeated at home with 3-1, while they played 1-1 as guests.
SSC Napoli vs UC Sassuolo begins 07.10.2018 at 18:00 CET
In addition to this, we must add that the mood in the team of Napoli was increased considerably after last Wednesday's Champions League victory on their field with 1-0 over Liverpool. Namely, at the very start of this competition, the Napolitans have won only one point against Red Star from Belgrade and they are now under great pressure, given that the French PSG is in this very difficult group.
In addition, the team of Napoli was also defeated with 3-1 by the leading Juventus last weekend in Serie A, which now has six points more, but it is much more important for Napoli that they are still holding the second place on the table and have two points more before this duel with Sassuolo and from the third Fiorentina and the fourth Inter. We should also add that goalkeeper Meret, defender Chiriches and Ghoulam and midfielder Younes will not be able to perform in this match, while defender Mario Rui is suspended.
Probable lineups SSC Napoli: Ospina – Malcuit, Albiol, Koulibaly, Hysaj – Callejon, Allan, Zielinski, Verdi – Mertens, Insigne
Even though they were defeated at home last weekend with as much as 4-1 from Milan, Sassuolo still had a great opening of the season, since they are after seven rounds in Serie A in the fifth place on the table, while Ternana has won the show in the upcoming round of the Italian Cup. In addition, we must point out that coach De Zerbi's players have managed to score at least one goal in all eight appearances this season, so they will certainly be set very bravely against the favoured Napoli.
Especially because they have nothing to lose in this duel, and they will certainly try to make the most use of Napoli’s tiredness after their very demanding past performance in the Champions League. However, after their home defeat from Milan, we believe that coach De Zerbi will now make a few tactical changes in Naples, for which he only cannot count on the injured defender Peluso and midfielder Duncan.
Probable lineups UC Sassuolo: Consigli – Marlon, Magnani, Ferrari – Lirola, Magnanelli, Bourabia, Rogerio – Berardi, Boateng, di Francesco
SSC Napoli vs UC Sassuolo PICK
Of course, Napoli is valid for the absolute favourite in this duel, but we have already pointed out in our analysis that the team from Sassuoalo has played open since the start of the season and they managed shake the opponent’s net in all previous games, so we expect goals on both sides.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.74 at 10bet (down to 1.68 can be played)
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