Preview - Napoli vs Benevento 17 Sep

Started by Bensergi, Sep 17, 2017, 01:52 PM

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Napoli vs Benevento
The first ever Serie A Campania Derby between Napoli and Benevento should provide a carnival atmosphere. These teams haven't met since the 2004-2005 season in Serie C1 with the San Paolo outfit post-bankruptcy winning 2-0 home and away. The Azzurri had won 10 competitive games in a row, including all five in the current campaign, but suffered a bad loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Belgian striker Dries Mertens should come back into the side after Arkadiusz Milik started in Ukraine, while Jorginho and Allan could also be recalled rather than Piotr Zielinski and Amadou Diawara. 
Benevento have been unlucky to lose all three of their opening games, especially their last match, where a 93rd-minute winner by Iago Falque gave Torino the three points.

The last time Napoli dropped points in Serie A was a 2-2 draw at Sassuolo on April 23, followed by eight straight victories in which they scored 26 and conceded six.


Sep 18, 2017, 11:17 AM Last Edit: Sep 18, 2017, 11:18 AM by Bensergi
Match Stats:

  • Napoli 6-0 Benevento
  • Shots: 19-3
  • Possession: 67%-33%
  • Corner kicks: 8-1

Napoli ran away easy and emphatic winners on Sunday, beating Benevento 6-0 in the first Campania derby of the new season, and the first such derby in Serie A in a long, long time. And while it was fun to watch Dries Mertens' hat trick and the other goals for Allan, Lorenzo Insigne, and Jose Callejon, this match seemed to actually raise more questions than it answered.

Napoli got off to a roaring start, with a third-minute goal from Allan set up by a huge breakout attack that saw Vid Belec just barely parry away one fierce shot Allan had created, only to get victimized by Allan following up the shot and slamming it home. Then Lorenzo Insigne scored spectacularly on a brilliant turning shot that left Belec crossed up in the fifteenth minute, and the Benevento keeper just about straight up capitulated on goals from Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon before halftime.

The second half saw Napoli back off the gas with the game well won, but a pair of penalties saw Mertens grab a hat trick, and Napoli walk out with a huge win that was a nice spirit-raiser after their midweek difficulties in Ukraine.

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