Comfortable Home Victory for Napoli?
Napoli kicked off their 2022-23 Serie A season in style, thumping Hellas Verona away from home. Luciano Spalletti’s side will be looking to make it two wins from two when Monza visits the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona this weekend.
The visitors have promoted via the Serie B play-offs the last term and started life in the top tier with a home reverse to Torino. We provide soccer betting and soccer picks in our in-depth bet online preview.
Will Napoli Make it 2-for-2?
Napoli finished third in Serie A last season, collecting an impressive 79 points from 38 games. Spalletti’s side sealed 24 wins, suffered seven defeats, and drew seven times. Only AC Milan and Inter Milan — who finished first and second, respectively — won more and lost fewer games in Italy’s top division last season.
Napoli lost several big players in the summer, with the likes of Lorenzo Insigne, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Dries Mertens opting to leave Naples. Nonetheless, a new-look Napoli side kicked off the 2022-23 season with a handsome win on the road.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Victor Osimhen, Piotr Zielinski, Stanislav Lobotka and Matteo Politano netted in a 5-2 romp at Verona.
Napoli will be eager to build on the win at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi with victory in front of their home supporters on Sunday. As expected, Gli Azzurri are the clear favorites to get the points here.
Another Defeat for Serie A New Boys Monza?
Monza is in Serie A this season after sealing promotion from Italy’s second tier last term. In the regular campaign, the White and Reds finished in the fourth spot and qualified for the promotion play-offs. They got the better of Brescia in the semifinals before edging Pisa in the two-legged final to reach Serie A for the first time in the club’s history.
Staying in the top flight will be the priority for Monza this term, but they are one of the favorites to go down. Giovanni Stroppa’s side started Serie A life with a 2-1 home loss to Torino last weekend. However, they did kick off the season with a 3-2 victory over Frosinone on their own patch in the Coppa Italia.
A trip to Naples will be one of Monza’s toughest assignments of the season. Stroppa’s men are the big underdogs, but can the club from Lombardy cause an upset at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona?
Napoli vs Monza Head-to-Head
Sunday’s showdown in Naples will be the first meeting between Napoli and Monza.
Napoli vs Monza Game Information
- Game: Napoli vs Monza
- Location: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona
- Day/Time: Sunday, 13:30 p.m. ET
- Live stream: fubo.tv
Napoli vs Monza Betting Lines
Napoli vs Monza Prediction
Napoli may have lost some big names in the close season, but the Naples club was easy on the eye in Verona in game one. The hosts should move on to six points with a routine home success on the weekend.
Monza will be relishing their first season in Serie A, but it will certainly be a tough one for the newcomers. They were beaten by Torino in their first fixture, and another loss is on the cards on Sunday.
Napoli won by three goals on matchday one, and I can see them winning by a margin again. Looking at the sportsbook, generous odds of Even for the home side to win -1.5 are too good to turn down.