Napoli will play their final Serie A match before the international break on Sunday, as they welcome Empoli to Naples. Only a victory for the hosts will see them cut the gap on the top of the standings, which currently stands at seven points.
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It hasn’t been the smoothest title defence for Napoli so far this term, as the reigning champions are currently sitting fourth in the standings after winning just six of their opening eleven matches. However, there is still a long way to go in the Italian top flight this term, and they will see this weekend’s showdown as the perfect opportunity to close the gap on the top of the standings.
Napoli currently sit seven points off the top, but they have won three of their last five matches in the competition, and they have also gone three without a defeat in Serie A. The Italian giants were very professional in their most recent fixture, as they battled to a 2-0 win on the road against Salernitana. Giacomo Raspadori opened the scoring in that success, but Elif Elmas extended the advantage in the final eight minutes.
Empoli will be the heavy outsiders for this fixture in Serie A on Sunday, as they have struggled to find any consistency over the early months. That is evident by the fact that they sit 19th in the standings. However, an unlikely win on the road this weekend could move them out of the bottom three.
Empoli have suffered defeats in each of their previous two in Serie A, and they have now lost more matches in the competition than any other side this term. Their most recent loss was suffered away from home, as they were beaten 2-1 by Frosinone on Monday evening.
Napoli vs Empoli Head to Head
Napoli have landed victories in each of their previous two against Empoli, which includes a 2-0 win in this exact fixture last term. However, Empoli have won three of the previous five, which includes a rare away win in December 2021.
Napoli vs Empoli Prediction
Empoli’s record against Napoli is an eye-catching factor to consider this weekend, as they have landed three wins in the previous five against their illustrious rivals. However, based on recent form, we will continue to keep faith with the reigning champions landing maximum points this weekend.
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