Round 23 of the 2022-23 Italian Serie A kicks off Friday, February 17, with Sassuolo taking on Napoli at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia. The visitors are firm favorites to grab three points, so let’s take a closer look.
Sassuolo – Napoli Betting Tip, Prediction & Odds (17.2.2023)
The Neroverdi have played very well over the last few weeks and hope they can stun the best team in Italy in front of the home fans. On the other side, the Blues are looking to extend their dominance and get one step closer to the title.
Sassuolo vs. Napoli: Initial Situation
Napoli is topping Serie A with 59 points (W19, D2, L1) and a 54:15 goal difference. The Blues are miles away from their closest rivals, who’ll need a miracle to scare Napoli on its way to the title. Sassuolo is 15th in Serie A with 24 points (W6, D6, L10) and a 26:33 goal difference, seven points above the relegation zone.
Sassuolo Stats & Form
The Neroverdi are undefeated in four straight outings. They’ve sandwiched a couple of wins over Atalanta 1-0 and AC Milan 5-2 with a pair of draws against Monza 1-1 and Udinese 2-2. Sassuolo snapped a two-game home skid with that narrow victory against Atalanta, and the Neroverdi have recorded 14 points (W4, D2, L4) with a 13:11 goal difference across ten home contests this season.
The 28-year-old winger Domenico Berardi leads the way for Sassuolo with five goals and three assists in 15 appearances. The 23-year-old midfielder Davide Frattesi had five goals and zero assists in 23 apps in all competitions, while winger Armand Lauriente has four goals and three dishes on his account. Sassuolo cannot count on right-back Jeremy Toljan, who’s sidelined with an undisclosed injury.
Napoli Stats & Form
The Blues are coming off Sunday’s 3-0 home victory over Cremonese. It was their sixth consecutive win in the league, and the Blues dominated their opponents for all 90 minutes, allowing just one shot on target.
Striker Victor Osimhen and winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia both found the back of the net versus Cremonese. This duo has accounted for 29 goals and 18 assists so far this season. Manager Luciano Spalletti can count on all of his important first-team players.
Sassuolo – Napoli: Head-to-Head
Napoli trounced Sassuolo 4-0 in their first meeting of the season. Victor Osimhen scored a hat-trick, and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia chipped in with a goal and a couple of dishes. However, Napoli has only won one of its previous six road games against Sassuolo along with a whopping five draws.
Sassuolo – Napoli Odds
The Blues have been a dominant force in Serie A all season long. Hereof, the bookmakers are expecting another victory when Napoli visits Sassuolo. They are also looking for a few goals in this game, as the Over 2.5 Goals sits at 1.67 on bet365 Sportsbook.
Betting tip and prediction: Sassuolo – Napoli (17.2.2023)
The Blues are 1.55 favorites to earn three points. That’s not attractive, and it’s hard to trust Napoli to beat Sassuolo by two or more goals. I’ve mentioned the Blues’ struggles at Mapei Stadium and Sassuolo’s recent good run of form, so I’m going with both teams to find the back of the net at 1.78 on Unibet Sportsbook.
Napoli will score against Sassuolo, no doubt. On the other side, Sassuolo has scored in each but one of its seven games since the World Cup break, including that ridiculous 5-2 road victory against AC Milan. The Neroverdi will take a cautious approach and look to hurt Napoli through counter-attacks.