Last Unbeaten Team Standing
Forget about AC Milan. Forget about Inter Milan. Forget about Juventus. The only undefeated team remaining in the Italian Serie A is Napoli. The Azzurri are atop the standings thanks to a 9-2-0 record and come in as the betting online favorites to defeat Sassuolo this Saturday.
The Neroverdi are ninth, but they only lost one of their last four games on the road. Plus, they’re well-rested since they aren’t playing in any international competition. In other words, it may end up being a closer match than many expect.
Napoli: Beyond the Serie A
Last Sunday, Napoli defeated AS Roma 1-0. Victor Osimhen scored the winning goal in the 80th minute, so Jose Mourinho’s team had very little time to react. Plus, Napoli’s defense was impeccable. The Azzurri didn’t allow a single shot on target.
Three days later, the Serie A leaders had no trouble fulfilling their role as soccer betting favorites and beat the Rangers 3-0 in the UEFA Champions League. Giovanni Simeone was named Man of the Match after scoring a brace. The Azzurri are first in Group A thanks to a 5-0-0 record, with 20 goals for and only four against. No other team in the continental tourney has scored more goals than them.
That’s also the case in the Serie A. They’ve scored 26 goals, more than any other team. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is the team’s top scorer with five goals, while Mario Rui and Piotr Zielinski lead the team in assists with four each.
Defensively, the Azzurri have allowed nine goals, enough to be the fourth-best defense in the Serie A. Summing up, we’re talking about a well-balanced, highly motivated team, which is why they’re offering a -330 price in the sportsbook to win straight-up.
Sassuolo: Not Enough
Sassuolo already faced Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Atalanta. In other words, the teams were considered the main threat to Napoli. The Neroverdi put up a good fight against all except Juventus, but it wasn’t enough to defeat any.
Most recently, they defeated Hellas Verona 2-1 at home, allowing them to regain some confidence. The visitors scored the opener only two minutes into the game, but the Neroverdi showed a lot of resilience and managed to turn things around thanks to Armand Lauriente and Davide Frattesi.
Precisely, Frattesi is the main reason for you to consider including the visitors in your soccer picks. He’s the team’s top scorer with four goals. Sassuolo has scored 14 goals, so he has been crucial. Plus, they’re offering a +925 price, meaning a $100 wager could turn into a $1025 payout.
Sassuolo is 1-2-2 when playing on the road, but as mentioned before, they only lost one of their last four. It was 2-1 against Atalanta, and they even won possession with 52 percent. Prior to that, they didn’t allow a single goal in two consecutive road matches. Summing up, they’ve improved.
Napoli vs Sassuolo Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 19
- Napoli Victories: 10 (37 goals)
- Sassuolo Victories: 2 (19 goals)
- Draws: 7
Last season, these two met twice. First, they collided at Mapei Stadium and drew 2-2. All four goals were scored in the second half, and Sassuolo had to overcome a two-goal deficit. Fabian Ruiz and Dries Mertens scored for Napoli, while Gianluca Scamacca and Gianmarco Ferrari did it for the Neroverdi.
Later, at Diego Maradona Stadium, the Azzurri had no mercy and won 6-1. Mertens was named Man of the Match after scoring a brace. Napoli failed to score in one of the last 10 meetings between the two, while Sassuolo failed twice.
Napoli vs Sassuolo Match Information
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 29th
- Time: 9 a.m. ET
- Location: Diego Maradona Stadium, Naples
- Napoli vs Sassuolo Live stream: fubo.tv
Napoli vs Sassuolo Betting Lines
Napoli vs Sassuolo Prediction
Right now, there’s no team in Italy that can beat Napoli. The Azzurri’s depth is uncanny, and their chemistry is second to none. They’re 4-1-0 when playing at home, averaging 2.4 goals per game. They had a midweek game, but several usual starters didn’t play, so that shouldn’t be a huge problem. The Azzurri will win, but it will not be a blowout.
Score Prediction: Napoli 2, Sassuolo 0
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.