Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Napoli and Venezia go head to head in a David-vs-Goliath clash at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. The Neapolitans are determined to regain the Serie A trophy, and, no doubt, they will give 100% to kick off the new season in style. Lorenzo Insigne, who impressed at the EURO 2020 finals, will be the man to watch in the home team, while all Ghoulam, Demme, Lozano, and Mertens are out of contention with injuries.
Centre-back Manolas, on the other hand, will be assessed ahead of the kick-off. The newcomers, on the other hand, secured promotion to the Serie A thanks to a win over Cittadella in the playoffs final double-header. The Lagunari are tough to beat at home, but they are unlikely to spoil Napoli’s party at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona as fans return to the stands. All Vacca, Mazzocchi, Modolo, and Aramu are banned for the visitors, while Lezzerini is sidelined through injury.
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.