Empoli vs SSC Napoli Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Empoli vs SSC Napoli Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

SSC Napoli will be looking to close the gap at the top of the Serie A table when they travel to the Stadio Carlo Castellani to take on Empoli on Sunday at lunchtime. Empoli were thrashed 4-0 on the road at ChievoVerona last weekend, with Giovanni Martusciello’s men conceding two goals in each half. On the contrary, SSC Napoli won 3-0 at home over Crotone thanks to a brace from Lorenzo Insigne and a penalty goal from Dries Mertens. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT. 

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Betting Predictions and Tips

Empoli are one of the most underperforming sides in the Serie A at the moment, but their recent home form has been pretty good. Furthermore, Empoli are unbeaten in their five home meetings with Napoli in all competitions, winning three and drawing twice in the process. Napoli, on the other hand, are huge favourites to win due to their impressive Serie A campaign, but I’m expecting them to have a difficult trip here. I’m expecting a close game with both sides getting on the scoresheet. 

Over 2.5 goals at 7/10

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Empoli Preview

Empoli’s form over the past months has been terrible as they have lost six and draw one of their last seven league outings. They looked poor at both ends of the pitch during this awful run, conceding 17 goals while scoring just three in the process. Despite this poor run of form, the Azzurri are still safe for the moment as they sit in 17th spot in the standings, seven points clear off the bottom three. Empoli’s main issue throughout this Serie A campaign has been their inefficient attack as they hold the worst offensive record in the division, scoring just 15 goals in 28 league outings. Levan Mchedlidze is leading the club’s goalscoring charts with just five goals under his belt, but he got injured in Empoli’s 1-2 home defeat against Lazio in the middle of February, and he is still on the sidelines. This means that Empoli will rely in attack on the veteran striker Massimo Maccarone, who managed just three goals in 20 league appearances so far this season. On home soil, Empoli were on a four-game unbeaten streak in the Serie A prior to their back-to-back defeats at the hands of Lazio and Genoa in their most recent two home league fixtures. The most interesting fact is that Empoli are undefeated in their last five home meetings with Napoli across all competitions, winning three and drawing twice in the process. 

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SSC Napoli Preview

Meanwhile, SSC Napoli bounced back to winning ways following their elimination from the Champions League round of 16 at the hands of Real Madrid, as they picked up a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Crotone last time out in the Serie A. They have alternated victories with defeats over the past month, winning three and losing four of their last seven games across all competitions. The good news is that Napoli are currently on a two-game winning streak in the Serie A, including a hard-fought 1-2 victory on the road at Roma three weeks ago. This leaves Napoli in third position in the Serie A table with 60 points to their name after 28 rounds, just two points off the third-placed Roma. Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem for Napoli throughout this Serie A campaign, as they are the division’s topscorer with 65 goals in 28 league outings. Dries Mertens is leading the club’s goalscoring charts with 19 goals under his belt, while Marek Hamsik and Lorenzo Insigne have bagged 20 goals and 15 assists between them. Their away form has also been strong as Napoli have only lost two of their last eleven away fixtures across all competitions. Head-to-head-, Napoli are undefeated in their last three meetings with Empoli in the Serie A, scoring at least two goals in each of these. 

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Empoli Team News

Andres Tello, Jose Agustin Mauri and Levan Mchedlidze are all doubts ahead of this clash.

SSC Napoli Team News

Lorenzo Tonelli is a doubt ahead of this trip.

Empoli saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Empoli saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against SSC Napoli

SSC Napoli saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

SSC Napoli saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Empoli

AVG Goals

1.8

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Empoli Form Guide

Empoli Team Logo

Empoli

Won

6

Draw

4

Lost

0
W A

02-04-2018

Serie B

Foggia Team Logo Foggia

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

07-04-2018

Serie B

Spezia Team Logo Spezia

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

14-04-2018

Serie B

Pro Vercelli Team Logo Pro Vercelli

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 1)

W A

17-04-2018

Serie B

Cesena Team Logo Cesena

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

W A

23-04-2018

Serie B

Frosinone Team Logo Frosinone

FT 2 - 4

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

28-04-2018

Serie B

Novara Team Logo Novara

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

01-05-2018

Serie B

Carpi Team Logo Carpi

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

07-05-2018

Serie B

Cremonese Team Logo Cremonese

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

12-05-2018

Serie B

Brescia Team Logo Brescia

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

18-05-2018

Serie B

Perugia Team Logo Perugia

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

SSC Napoli Form Guide

SSC Napoli Team Logo

SSC Napoli

Won

6

Draw

3

Lost

1
W H

18-03-2018

Serie A

Genoa Team Logo Genoa

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

31-03-2018

Serie A

Sassuolo Team Logo Sassuolo

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

08-04-2018

Serie A

ChievoVerona Team Logo ChievoVerona

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

15-04-2018

Serie A

AC Milan Team Logo AC Milan

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

18-04-2018

Serie A

Udinese Team Logo Udinese

FT 4 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

22-04-2018

Serie A

Juventus Team Logo Juventus

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

29-04-2018

Serie A

Fiorentina Team Logo Fiorentina

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

06-05-2018

Serie A

Torino Team Logo Torino

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

13-05-2018

Serie A

Sampdoria Team Logo Sampdoria

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

20-05-2018

Serie A

Crotone Team Logo Crotone

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

Empoli Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

SSC Napoli Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.5

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Empoli vs SSC Napoli Sidelined Players

Empoli
9 Levan Mchedlidze Injured
88 Andres Tello Injured
24 Uros Cosic Injured
SSC Napoli
62 Lorenzo Tonelli Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
28 GK Lukasz Skorupski 187 84
2 LB Vincent Laurini 173 72
15 CD Andrea Costa 182 73
21 RB Manuel Pasqual 178 71
6 CD Giuseppe Bellusci 185 75
33 CDM Rade Krunic 184 74
8 CDM Assane Diousse 183 77
10 CM Omar El Kaddouri 187 74
11 CDM Daniele Croce 175 68
20 CF Manuel Pucciarelli 174 63
27 CF Mame Baba Thiam 185 -
No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Pepe Reina 188 92
21 CD Vlad Chiriches 183 75
33 CD Raul Albiol 190 82
2 LB Elseid Hysaj 182 70
31 RB Faouzi Ghoulam 186 78
5 CM Allan 173 73
8 CM Jorginho 180 60
17 CM Marek Hamsik 183 79
7 LF Jose Maria Callejon 179 73
14 CF Dries Mertens 169 61
24 RF Lorenzo Insigne 163 59