Napoli is coming to this Coppa Italia clash after meeting the expectations in their last Serie A appearance at home against underdogs from Sampdoria when they did just enough to record a close 1:0 victory.
Generally speaking, they were a dominant side from the start, but only managed to be effective once over Petagna in the late phase of the first part, definitely not using their overall better appearance to its full potential in this one.
Napoli is showing signs of form decrease lately, as they lost their top spot in the rankings, currently being 3rd, having six points less compared to the leaders from Inter.
Defender Koulibaly (14/2), midfielders Zambo Anguissa (14/0), and Ounas (10/0) are away on international duty. Forward Ingigne (17/4) is out, while positive recently were goalkeeper Meret (2/0), defenders Malcuit (5/0), Rui (18/0), offensive midfielder Zielinski (19/5), and forward Lozano (19/2).
Sassuolo finally ended their winless run in Serie A in their last away fixture against much-favored Milan when they took a surprising 1:3 victory.
They were in a 1:0 deficit since the 21st, but only seven minutes later, Scamacca managed to equalize after showing some enviable football skills. Things unfolded nicely for the guests, as the home side scored its own goal in the 33rd, while Berardi crowned generally better appearance of Sassuolo with another one scored later on in the 66th.
Sassuolo occupies the 12th spot in the rankings, currently being only three points in deficit compared to the European-placed Fiorentina.
Forward Boga (8/0) and offensive midfielder Djuricic (9/2) are out injured for Sassuolo. Doubtful is defender Goldaniga (1/0).
Napoli failed to meet the expectations in their last away appearance against Roma when they took only a point in a 1:1 stalemate.
They had a significant ball possession advantage, especially during the second part, but failed to be more creative with the ball, while the Romans tried to be dangerous in transition, but also failed to be accurate at the finishing to make this clash a bit more interesting.
Nevertheless, Napoli is appearing more than well this season, currently being on the top of the table, sharing the same amount of points as their closest Milan.
Right-back Malcuit (1/0) is injured, as well as central-back Manolas (4/0) and offensive Ounas (5/0).
Bologna played a very interesting and dynamic clash in the last round at home against previously mentioned Milan, but still suffered a 2:4 defeat, overly looking, being quite competitive.
The Foxes missed their Champions League ticket last season maybe a bit unfortunate in my opinion, but will definitely do their best to be as competitive as possible in the upcoming Europa League campaign.
They share the group with Napoli, Legia, and Spartak from Moscow, overly looking, being one of the best squads, and are certainly in a position to compete for promotional first two places.
The Foxes continue to miss defenders Fofana and Justin, as well as midfielder Mendy, all three without playing in the new season.
Napoli did a good job in the last round against underdogs from Sampdoria when they recorded a routine 0:2 victory, playing away from their home.
The guests approached the match in a more aggressive manner, and deservedly took the lead in the 35th over Ruiz. The second part of the match brought us a more balanced play, but it was Napoli that appeared slightly sharper at the finishing, successfully adding one more to the scoreboard in the 87th via Osimhen, and didn’t let any inconvenience occur in this encounter.
They are positioned at the 5th spot in the rankings, having only two points less than Atalanta and a ticket for the Champions League exit.
Napoli appeared quite confident last time out at home against Parma when they come with a 2:0 victory, seemingly without too much effort.
They looked far sharper in the offense, visibly having more creativity in their play, despite less of the ball possession overall, and with one goal scored in each part of the clash via Elmas and Politano, deservedly took this routine victory.
This victory was just what they needed, after loss away to Verona in Serie A, currently being at European leading 5th spot in the standings.
Napoli is coming to this Coppa Italia clash after their pretty insecure performance in Serie A on the road against Verona, as they come with a 3:1 defeat.
They started the match in the best way possible, taking the lead already in the first minute over Lozano, but overly looking, they were a more passive side in this one. Despite being considered as an underdog, the hosts managed to prove the bookies wrong this time, successfully leveling up in the 34th and with two goals scored afterward in the second, took this surprising victory.
Napoli is at European leading 6th place in the overall standings, still having a chance to enter the Champions League race, as they lack only two points compared to Juventus.