Serie A table-toppers Napoli will welcome Sassuolo to Naples this Saturday looking to continue their impressive run of form in all competitions.
Venue: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona (Naples)
Napoli have won their last twelve games in all competitions.
The hosts are unbeaten in their last 20 games in all competitions (W18, D2).
They have scored 46 goals in 16 competitive games this season.
The visitors have won just one of their last six away games in all competitions (D2, L3).
Head to head
Napoli have beaten Sassuolo just once in their last four head-to-head meetings (D2, L1).
But the hosts have suffered just one loss at home to Sassuolo in the last ten meetings (W7, D2).
Latest performances in all competitions
Napoli continued their record-breaking form last Wednesday in the Champions League as they recorded an impressive 3-0 win over Rangers.
A first-half brace from Giovanni Simeone and a second-half goal from Leo Ostigard sealed the win for Luciano Spalletti’s men and brought their total goals in the UCL this season to 20 goals after just five games.
In doing so, Napoli became the first Italian team to score 20 goals in their first five UCL group games. The result also made it eleven straight wins for Napoli and extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 20 games (W18, D2).
It has become almost easy to predict what will happen in a game involving Napoli as their form and performance has been consistent. However, while these impressive performances have given fans licence to dream of winning the Scudetto after more than 30 years of pain, manager Spalletti would be keen to see his side not get carried away.
With a game against Liverpool in Europe coming up after this tie, and league ties against three top-four hopefuls in waiting over the next five games, this could be the worst possible time for a slip in standards.
Currently leading the league table by three points, they will know that a loss is the last thing they need if they want to keep the improving AC Milan at bay at least till they go away to play the World Cup.
Possible Napoli starting line-up
Alex Meret; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Juan Jesus, Kim Min-Jae, Mario Rui; Andre Zambo Anguissa, Stanislav Lobotka, Piotr Zielinski; Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Hirving Lozano, Victor Osimhen.
Injured: Amir Rrahmani
Meanwhile, Sassuolo will look to make it two wins in two games when they travel to Turin on Saturday.
After suffering two consecutive losses on the bounce, the visitors bounced back last time out, beating Verona 2-1 last weekend thanks to goals from Arman Lauriente and Davide Frattesi.
The result was their fourth win of the campaign and put them back into the top half of the table. Having snatched points off Napoli three times in the last four games between both (W1, D2), they will fancy their chances of getting a second win on the bounce here.
However, haven’t enjoyed travelling down south recently, winning just once in their previous ten visits to the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium (D2, L7). They kept just one clean sheet during that run and considering Napoli’s current hot-scoring form this season (2.88 per game), it could require a huge effort to double that tally and secure a result which would strengthen Sassuolo’s current top-half league position (ninth).
Possible Sassuolo starting line-up
Andrea Consigli, Jeremy Toljan, Martin Erlic, Kaan Ayhan, Rogério; Davide Frattesi, Pedro Obiang, Kristian Thorstvedt; Armand Lauriente, Luca D’Andrea, Andrea Pinamonti.
Injured: Gregoire Defrel, Mert Muldaur
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