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Napoli will be looking to register its second consecutive victory, as it hosts a freshly promoted Monza this weekend in Serie A 2022-23.
Napoli had held the number 1 spot as late as matchweek 27 in the last season. But a string of inconsistent performances saw them concede their position to the two clubs from Milan, and The Blues had to settle for a third-place finish. Luciano Spalletti has since made a lot of changes in his squad during the pre-season transfers.
As veterans like Kalidou Koulibaly, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne bid adieu, Spalletti has brought in some fresh faces in the form of Min-jae Kim, Andre Zambo Anguissa and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. Napoli decimated Verona in its season opener, with 5 players, including debutant Kvaratskhelia and legend Victor Osimhen scoring in a 5-2 win. This match against the newly promoted Serie B side gives Napoli a perfect opportunity to consolidate its position at the top of the table.
Monza finished 3rd in the Serie B table last season and beat Pisa in the promotion play-offs finals to earn its first-ever appearance in the Italian top flight. However, it had a less-than-ideal debut, as they were beaten 2-1 by Torino in the opening game. A consolation goal by Dany Mota in the final moments of stoppage time wasn’t nearly enough for them to stage an upset.
Coach Giovanni Stroppa's new signings did get a chance to take the field, but none of Andrea Petagna, Gianluca Caprari or Pablo Mari manage to make a significant impact on the proceedings. Monza must come up with something better if they want to open their points account this weekend.
Match prediction and football betting tips for SSC Napoli vs AC Monza Serie A 2022-23. The match is going to be played at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Napoli, on 21st August 2022.
Kvaratskhelia, Osimhen, and Hirving Lozano are likely to play in the front for Napoli, as Spalletti is unlikely to tinker with the balance of his winning combination. Adam Ounas is likely to sit out in this game due to gastritis, while Fabian Ruiz, who is looking for an exit may be dropped too.
Meanwhile, Monza has no injury concerns, and Stroppa has a fully fit squad at his disposal. Stefano Sensi and Andrea Ranocchia, both of whom used to play for Inter, are likely to make a start.
While Monza does have some good players, they are unlikely to cause much trouble to a well-established club like Napoli.
Bet on Napoli to win.
Napoli scored 86 goals in the last season, and was only behind Atalanta and Inter in that matter. 5 of the last 6 top-flight matches for Napoli have produced at least 3 goals. Napoli strikers have already shown their might against Verona by scoring 5 goals, and they are unlikely to meet stiff resistance from Monza, and we expect them to score freely.
At just 23 years of age, Osimhen has already made a name for himself as one of the most prolific goal scorers in the business. He has scored in double digits in each of his last 4 seasons, with his tally of 14 goals in the last season being his best. Osimhen has already scored once in the opening match against Verona, and we are backing him to score again against Monza.