European Football Tip | 7th December 2014

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MARK O’Haire (@MarkOHaire) heads to Serie A on Sunday for his European NAP as Napoli entertain Empoli in the early kick-off.

Napoli v Empoli | Sunday 11.30 | BT Sport 2

After an awful start to the season, Rafael Benitez has eased the pressure on his position at Napoli by overseeing a 10-match unbeaten streak. However, the Partenopei remain bugged by draws and trailing table-topping Juventus by 11 points, are unlikely to challenge for the Scudetto.

This weekend they welcome an Empoli side enjoying their return to the Italian top-flight. The Azzurri have lost just three of their last 11 league matches and sit four points above the Serie A relegation zone.

But supporters and neutrals alike will have been impressed by the mentality of Maurizio Sarri’s men. Empoli have scored in all five of their away games since the opening day defeat at Udinese and continue to impress in the attacking third, netting in eight of their last 11.

And the visitors will be confident of breaching a Napoli defence that has yet to convince in 2014/15. The Partenopei have leaked 10 goals in their six fixtures at the San Paolo with just one clean sheet to their name.

Betfair have made Both Teams To Score an 11/10 shot and punters should be encouraged to take advantage. It’s a selection that has paid out in 13/25 (52%) Napoli home games under Benitez’s charge as well as in four of Empoli’s last five on their travels.

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Napoli v Empoli – Both Teams To Score (11/10 Betfair)

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After starting his career in newspaper journalism, Mark soon found his way into the online betting world, forging a career in content, social media and marketing production. With a huge passion for stats, the Football League and European football, Mark’s other interests include playing rugby, following his beloved QPR and travel.

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