Napoli – Empoli SOCCER PICKS
The opening match of Serie A matchday 11 is Naples vs. Italy. Empoli.
“Gli Azzurri” welcomes the guest from Florence on 02.11.2018 at 19:30 in the local San Paolo. Napoli have lost a bit of the top spot following their defeat of Juventus (1: 3) and the draw against Roma (1: 1). Empolis balance of the last games is the table space 18 judging accordingly bad. For both clubs, therefore, this matchday is about a lot. The SSC Naples wants to stay up there. Empoli wants to get downstairs.
Napoli is third in the table after ten matchdays. Only Inter Milan and Juventus Turin block the way to first place. But while Inter could get a better goal difference, it takes a lot more for the fight for first place. Whole six points, the Italian champion is already removed. A look down is not justified for the time being, as the fourth-placed, Lazio Rome, is four points away. Thus, Naples would be able to defend his third place even in a defeat, even if this against a relegation candidate, of course, are not the ambitions of “Gli Azzurri”.
Ancelotti can always build on Lorenzo Insigne on offense. With his six goals, he shares in the scorer’s fourth place with Ciro Immobile. With 19 goals scored, the Ancelotti team is behind Juventus Turin the second-best attack in the league. Although the eleven goals conceded are not just a top score in the league, but can be seen a cut of about only one goal per game. Of course, the bookmakers have recognized this and keep the rate accordingly small. Ancelotti only has to do without Vlad Chiriches and Simone Verdi.
Coach Andreazzoli’s team is in crisis. Cagliari Calcio (2: 0) did not win a single game after Serie A’s opening victory. Thus, they are without victory for nine matchdays. Six defeats face three draws. As a result, the Azzurri are ranked 18th with a goal difference of 9:15 and just six points. The distance to the rescue bank is three points (with the same goal difference of -6). It would therefore mathematically possible to leave the relegation place on this matchday. But if the opponent is Naples, that does not necessarily increase the odds. Empoli has to do without Spanish striker Alejandro Rodriguez and defender Frederic Veseli.