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Napoli vs Empoli Predictions

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Napoli 2-1

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Tip Reasoning

  • Napoli are likely to be without several key players for this match. Their mounting injury list now includes Hirving Lozano, Victor Osimhen, Lorenzo Insigne, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Fabian Ruiz.
  • Empoli’s record of four wins in seven away games is one of Serie A’s better travelling records, and they have scored on all but one of their away trips this term.
  • However, Napoli boast an impressive home record, winning six of eight in the league, and only losing to Atalanta in Naples this term.

Injury crisis worsens at Napoli

Recent 3-2 defeats to rivals Inter and Atalanta have seen Napoli’s title push stall, but Luciano Spalletti’s team remain just two points from the summit, and eliminated Leicester City from the Europa League on Thursday night.

The Naples club have a mounting injury list, however, with Hirving Lozano stretchered off with a head injury in the 3-2 win over the foxes, joining star striker Victor Osimhen on the sidelines. Talismanic centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly is out until after Christmas, while Fabian Ruiz and Lorenzo Insigne also missed Thursday’s crucial win.

While Napoli boast a fearsome home record, winning six of eight in Serie A, their injury crisis means they may not have it all their own way against Empoli, who are unbeaten in three, and have one of Serie A’s better away records, winning four of seven on their travels. Aurelio Andreazzoli’s high-pressing team have seen both teams score in their last six matches, and have earnt impressive results at Sassuolo and Torino in the past few weeks.

Empoli will be competitive

Despite Napoli’s selection problems, Spalletti’s weakened side had enough about them to see off last season’s FA Cup winners in midweek. With Napoli beating the likes of Juventus and Lazio at home this season, backing Empoli for a shock result may be going too far.

However, backing Empoli with a two goal advantage on the handicap market seems to offer good value; Andreazzoli’s team have only lost by more than a goal once on the road this term, a 2-0 loss at Roma, and have not been blown away by anybody.

With Empoli having scored in six of their seven away games in Serie A, a 2-1 win for the hamstrung hosts seems a solid correct score prediction for this contest.


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