Sassuolo (6/11/6) visit Napoli (12/6/5) at the Stadio San Paolo
|Date & Time||Monday February 23, 2015, 1:00 PM (EST)|
with odds: Napoli (1.50) - Draw (4.33) - Sassuolo (8.00) / Over/Under 2.5
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Napoli returns to Serie A action after their incredible showing in Turkey. Their resounding 0-4 victory away from home has really set up their Europa League tie in a very comfortable spot. This result should also prove helpful when they try to return to winning ways in Serie A after their 3-1 loss at hands of Palermo. With Roma drawing yet another time the difference between the two sides is at 6 points with Napoli ready to pounce to diminish that number.
However, Napoli will have a tough task ahead of them as they fight one of the revelation sides of Serie A this season. Sassuolo has put some great performances this season and has caused many viewers to be mesmerized by their attacking trifecta. Zaza, Berardi and Sansone have proven that they are a quality trio that any team should be afraid of.
Earlier this week Benitez stated the following: "As for second place, if we maintain our current push we have an excellent chance of achieving that much will depend on Roma, if there are further missteps from them, we'll be there, ready to take advantage." Perhaps a 1-1 Roma draw at Torino was exactly what he was waiting for. With their Europa League tie pretty much decided Napoli will be able to focus 100% on the clash ahead of them without any fears of having to reserve their stay talent.
On home soil Napoli has proven to be one of the best sides this season in Serie A and considering the fact that their morale is renewed, and the return of Dries Mertens as a super sub as we’ve often seen throughout his career at Napoli should prove too much for a Sassuolo defence that has conceded 22 goals away from home.
Certainly, the Zaza, Berardi, and Sansone trio could always snatch a goal so for this reason I believe that right bet for this game is the Over, as Napoli hasn’t been extremely safe at the back. However I do feel that they will be much more prolific and regardless of how many Sassuolo score Napoli will match and raise their aim in front of goal.
I recommend taking Napoli to win at 1.50 for safe bets and Both teams to score or even Napoli and Both teams to score for those who want higher odds.