Napoli returns to Serie A football as they hope to go top of the table with a win against newly promoted Empoli on Sunday evening.
NAPOLI RESULTS, STATS, SQUAD
After a successful midweek in the Europa League, Napoli will look to put more pressure on their hunt for the Scudetto as they host newly-promoted Empoli. The Naples club ran out victorious in a 3-2 thriller against Leicester to progress in the Europa League. Adam Ounas and Elif Elmas scored to dispatch the English side. A 3-2 defeat to Atalanta in their last Serie A outing left them two points shy of the top spot. Recent defensive issues have seen them concede at least twice in five of their last six games in all competitions. However, Napoli boasts of a fearsome home record, winning six of their last eight Serie A games at the Maradona Stadium. Napoli has seen over 2.5 come in seven of their last eight games in all competitions. Injury crisis will see Head Coach Luca Spalletti be without the services of several key players as Lorenzo Insigne, Hirving Lozano, Kalidou Koulibaly, Stanislav Lobotka, Victor Osimhen, and Fabian Ruiz are sidelined with injuries.
EMPOLI RESULTS, STATS, SQUAD
Upon their return to Serie A, Empoli has managed to put in impressive performances. After seven wins, two draws, and seven losses in the first 16 games, they now occupy the 11th position in the Serie A table with 23 points level with 10th placed Verona. They have scored 26 goals and conceded 29 this season. Empoli has picked up each of their last 11 points after conceding first. They have also picked up the majority of their points away from home (57%) including a miraculous 1-0 victory over Juventus on matchday two. Empoli’s record of four wins in seven away games is one of Serie A‘s better away records, and they have scored on all but one of their away trips this term.
PREDICTION: NAPOLI WIN 2-0/2-1/3-0/3-1
ACCUMULATOR TIP: NAPOLI WIN