Our prediction for this match:
Napoli and Benevento face each other in an all-Italian friendly at the start of the pre-season. The Partenopei are once again on a quest to put an end to Juve’s dominance in the Serie A and, no doubt, they aim to prepare for the upcoming season in the best way possible. The club chiefs did well to keep hold of key players in the summer transfer window and it is no surprise the Neapolitans are seen as hot favourites to win Saturday’s friendly.
It has to be noted, though, that Napoli will be without Senegal defender Koulibaly who is on international duty. The Serie B side, on the other hand, were producing fine performances in the 2018/2019 season, but they eventually failed to secure promotion to the Italian top flight. Anyhow, the Sorcerers face an uphill task in Saturday’s friendly and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the star-studded Serie A side.
Highlighted Player (Elseid Hysaj):
Born on 2nd February 1994, Elseid Hysaj is an Albanian defender who has spent his entire professional career in Italian Serie A and he is predicted a bright future in the game. Empoli scouts spotted his talent while he was playing for Shodra youth sides, and after three years in the youth team, the full-back was promoted to the first team set up.
Hysaj performed really well in his first three years as a first team regular, helping the Azzurri gain promotion to the top fight in the process. One season in Serie A proved enough for the right-sided defender to secure a big club move as he joined Napoli in the summer of 2015 and immediately nailed down a regular starting berth.
Capable of doing dirty defensive work as well as making forward runs, Hysaj is a modern full-back, who is destined for big things. The talented footballer is already a key member of the Albania national team and he will represent the country at the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Benevento):
FC Benevento secured promotion to the Serie A for the first time in their history at the end of the 2016/2017 campaign, but it has to be noted that they finished the regular season in 5th place in the standings. The Stregoni (Witches) did well to beat Perugia and Carpi in the promotion play-offs and, as a result, they are going to taste a top-flight football.
Benevento were founded in 1929 as Associazione Calcio Benevento and back then they played their home games at Meomartini, the venue which was built by Ciccio Minocchia. Nowadays, the Stregoni welcome their rivals at Stadio Giro Vigorito and the capacity of the stadium is 12.847. Benevento are well known for their yellow jerseys with red stripes, whilst they wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels.
After Napoli, Salernitana and Avellino Benevento become the fourth club from Campania to compete in the Serie A. Matches between the aforementioned teams are well known as Campania derbies.