03 November 2018
After a frustrating 1-1 draw with AS Roma last weekend, Napoli will host Empoli at the Stadio San Paolo, looking for all three points that would see them keeping pace with Inter Milan and Juventus.
Along with Fiorentina and the Bianconeri, Gli Azzurri are the best home side in Serie A with a record of five wins and one draw out of five matches. Moreover, the Partenopei scored at least one goal in all five games at the San Paolo, having kept a clean sheet three times in the process. Napoli only missed scoring once this season, bagging a brace in six out of ten league meetings, which puts them in rank with AC Milan and Inter. Carlo Ancelotti’s players have failed to protect their goal six times in the league, having allowed their opponents to score a brace on three occasions.
Meanwhile, with a record of one win, three draws, and six defeats, Empoli currently reside in the relegation zone with a 3-point deficit to Bologna. Along with Fiorentina, Bologna, and Chievo, the Blues are the only team that failed to clinch a victory on the road this season, having lost three times, while being held to two draws in the process. Moreover, Aurelio Andreazzoli’s players kept a clean sheet just once in the previous five away meetings, while they’ve failed to score on two occasions. With nine goals scored, the visitors have the third-worst goalscoring record in Serie A. Additionally, Empoli’s last victory dates back to mid-August, as they’ve failed to secure a whole prey in the following nine league matches.
Provisional line-up – Napoli:
Gk: Ospina Defense: Raul Albiol – Koulibaly – Mario Rui – Hysaj Midfield: Allan – Hamsik – Zielinski Attack: Insigne – Callejon – Mertens
Provisional line-up – Empoli:
Gk: Provedel Defense: Silvestre – Maietta – Antonelli – Di Lorenzo Midfield: Acquah – Bennacer – Salih Ucan Attack: Zajc – Krunic – Caputo
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