Last Saturday, the defending champions lost no time showing why they are the best team in Serie A by cruising to a decisive road victory. But on Sunday, when they play Sassuolo, Napoli will be looking for their first home victory of the season.
Napoli reclaimed Italian football’s most prestigious trophy at season’s conclusion, but keeping hold of the Serie A crown will be a far tougher task. But they should be pleased with how they performed in the first games, as they won 3-1 away from home against newly promoted Frosinone.
Victor Osimhen‘s future was a hot topic all summer, but the Nigerian forward started just where he left off last season. Napoli’s victory was assured thanks to his two spectacular goals. After 24 minutes, Matteo Politano scored the first goal for the Italian club. Napoli has a fantastic track record in their season-opening home encounter, winning their first game of the season in each of the last seven seasons.
The season opener for Sassuolo in Serie A was a rude awakening, as they were blown away by Atalanta. The Italian team only mustered three shots on goal in the loss, but they never looked like they could make a comeback.
Sassuolo will be leery of their late-season form from the previous year, when they went winless for six straight games. After losing on matchday one, they currently have the longest ongoing winless streak in Serie A and will need to end that soon if they want to avoid a relegation battle this season.
Sassuolo have a dismal record against Napoli, having won only once in their previous 15 meetings. Napoli is undefeated in their last five games and has won eight times in that span. This weekend, the hosts will be under a lot of pressure to maintain their unbeaten record in the current season. We anticipate the defending champions to win on Sunday, and they may go 2-0 to start the league season for the eighth time in the last 13 years.
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Napoli vs Sassuolo Game Information
- Date: 08/27/2023
- Time: 02:45 PM ET
- Location: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona (Napoli).
- How to Watch Napoli vs Sassuolo: ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv