Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Napoli will be looking to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to Atalanta when they face Benevento at their Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Sunday evening. The Neapolitans rested several first-team regulars at the weekend, but Genaro Gattuso is likely to field the best possible side against Benevento. You should bear in mind that Napoli are after their fourth consecutive win at home ground. The likes of Manolas, Demme, Lozano, Petagna, Ospina, and Hysaj are all likely to miss the game with injuries.
The Yellow-Reds, on the other hand, have drawn each of the previous three league fixtures. Benevento, though, were more than fortunate not to suffer a loss to Roma in their last league game, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Genaro Gattuso’s charges. Since Glik is banned for the visitors, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Dries Mertens):
Dries Mertens is a Belgian football player born on the 6th of May 1987 in Leuven. Mertens started his football career in the youth of RSC Anderlecht and AA Gent. In season 2005/2006 he made his debut for the first team of AA Gent.
After playing for AGOVV, FC Utrecht and PSV Mertens got transferred to Napoli for approximately 9.5 million euro. Mertens made his debut for the Belgian national team in October 2010 and played over 40 games for the national team already. Mertens played during World Cup 2014 and EURO 2016 for Belgium.
Mertens is a right attacking midfielder, which can play as a forward as well. Mertens is known for being a very small fast player, which has the ability to get past several defenders and deliver a cross to his team mates. In his career Mertens didn’t win any big prizes yet. The biggest achievements of Mertens are winning the Dutch national cup with PSV in 2011/2012, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa in 2014 with Napoli.
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.