Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Buoyed by a thrilling 5-2 win over Verona, Napoli will look to retain top position when they host Monza to their Stadio San Paolo on Matchday 2. New Toronto forward Lorenzo Insigne was not sorely missed in the season opener, with his replacement Khvicha Kvaratskhelia scoring on his Serie A debut. Since Napoli looked sharp in front of goal at the weekend, home win should definitely be considered. There are no fresh selection worries in the home side ahead of the visit of Monza.
The newcomers, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Torino, and seeing that the Neapolitans have turned their Stadio San Paolo into a real fortress, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. Dany Mota is widely expected to return to Monza’s starting XI after scoring as a substitute in the loss to Il Toro. This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides in the Italian top flight.
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.