In an eagerly anticipated fixture, Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen is on the cusp of reaching a significant milestone, as Napoli kicks off their Scudetto defense against newly promoted Frosinone today. Osimhen’s potential to score his 60th goal for Napoli adds an extra layer of excitement to the clash, according to PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
With high expectations surrounding him, Osimhen aims to build upon his stellar form from the previous season in the 2023/24 campaign. The Nigerian international’s performance could set a new landmark for him, as he seeks to score his 60th goal for Napoli against the freshly promoted side.
Having scored an impressive 59 goals in 101 appearances for the Partenopei across three seasons, Osimhen’s impact on the team cannot be overstated. Additionally, he has contributed 14 assists, solidifying his reputation as a key player for Napoli.
The matchup against Frosinone holds significance for both sides. While the newly promoted Frosinone makes its third appearance in Italy’s top-flight league in a decade, Napoli, the reigning champions, is determined to start their title defense on a strong note.
The past season saw Napoli ending their 33-year-long wait for the Scudetto title, with Osimhen playing a pivotal role in the triumph. His 26 Serie A strikes earned him the Capocannoniere title, while his teammate Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s impressive 12 goals and 10 assists in the league contributed significantly to the team’s success.
Although Napoli faced some challenges during the spring of the 2022/23 campaign, their dominance in Serie A remained undeniable. The departure of their esteemed coach Luciano Spalletti, who now leads the Italian national team, was a significant transition for the club.
Following Spalletti’s departure, the appointment of Rudi Garcia as his successor raised eyebrows, but Napoli’s fruitful pre-season suggests they might be well-equipped to mount a formidable defense of their Scudetto title.
Napoli’s pre-season preparations culminated in victories against Augsburg and Apollon Limassol, with Osimhen showcasing his goal-scoring prowess in the latter match. As they approach their first Serie A fixture, Napoli rides the wave of a six-game winning streak on matchday one, establishing a new club record.
For Serie B champions Frosinone, the challenge is daunting as they host the reigning Scudetto holders. Frosinone’s history against Napoli in top-flight meetings has been unfavorable, as they suffered defeats in all four of their previous encounters, conceding a total of 15 goals.
As the Serie A action kicks off, all eyes will be on Osimhen and Napoli to witness if they can maintain their supremacy in Italian football and successfully defend their Scudetto crown.