Serie A – Napoli to face Empoli on Match-day 14
Empoli take the challenge to League Leaders Napoli – Tuesday action from Stadio Diego Armando Maradona at 6:30pm GMT.
Leaders Napoli are currently 13 places higher than their rivals Empoli, when the two sides meet, they will sit in first and fourteenth positions respectively.
To retain first position in the Serie A is Napoli’s target this week
Napoli come to this match on the back of a 1-2 away loss against Atalanta at Gewiss Stadium.
Also, success in football comes from winning more games than your opponents, simply put, if League leaders Napoli can continue to extend their winning streak from nine games then Luciano Spalletti’s squad will have an incredible season. They are the current League leaders with 35 points, that is, 11 wins, 0 losses and 2 draws having won 11 fixtures and drawn two meetings.
If odds are anything to go by, Empoli cannot expect to get a good result of their trip to Napoli. This is particularly true, given both team’s form. Napoli have won five games and drawn one game at home this season.
Napoli will want to keep the pressure on their rivals as they sit at the top of the table, a win will take them to 38 points and keep their momentum going forward.
Good atacking and defensive team
Napoli have conceded 10 goals so far, so their defence can be considered to be strong. Napoli will be pleased to have a good goal scoring record so far this season (32). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Victor Osimhen (8), Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (6), and Matteo Politano (3).
Napoli’s squad will likely be depleted of two of their key players when they start on Tuesday, due to injury or illness.
With the Serie A season well into its stride, Empoli have managed to gain 14 points
It was three points secured for Empoli in their last fixture, beating Sassuolo 1-0 at Carlo Castellani.
Also, Paolo Zanetti knows that a run of four losses in eight fixtures for his Empoli side, is going to be a tough run of form to change. However that is exactly what he must try to deliver. Now they have 3 matches won, 5 games lost and 5 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in fourteenth place, with a total of 14 points having won three fixtures, drawn five matches, and lost five games.
Empoli’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Napoli. In the 6 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won one game, drawn three matches, and lost two fixtures.
Victory for Empoli would take their points tally to 17 so far this season.
Paolo Zanetti could be missing up to four of their players through injury or illness for the game on Tuesday.
Napoli v Empoli – Head-to-Heads.
Regarding their historical duels the recent form between these two sides has seen Empoli with a greater number of wins. In the last 19 meetings, they have enjoyed eight victories, to Napoli’s seven victories. In addition, Empoli have been hugely successful away to Napoli of late, winning five matches times in the last three. April 2022 was the most recent time these two clashed in this competition and Gli Azzurri took all three points winning 3-2.
Players to watch
For Napoli, Victor Osimhen is one of the top performing players after having scoredeight goals in 13 League fixtures so far, while Filippo Bandinelli has nettedtwo goals in 13 League games this Serie A Season for Empoli.
Other players of note for Napoli are Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Matteo Politano with six goals and three goals respectively and for Empoli are Filippo Bandinelli and Tommaso Baldanzi with two goals each.