Napoli vs Fiorentina Prediction, Preview, Lineups and Betting Tips
On the day after the “Derby d’Italia”, Napoli can find themselves third but Maurizio Sarri’s men may also have the opportunity to top the Serie A standings again, when they take on an unpredictable Fiorentina on Sunday afternoon. Correct, if Napoli earns the whole set of points at the noisy “Stadio San Paolo” and Inter Milan fails to overcome Juventus the previous night, the Partenopei will wait the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 draw as current Serie A leaders.
Fiorentina haven’t beaten the opposition since a narrow (0-1) success in Naples, dating from March 2014, followed by six defeats and two draws only.
Serie A: Napoli vs Fiorentina 10.12.2017
Viola head to Italian South after a 3:0 win over Sassuolo last weekend which has ended their poor form of four games without winning. Three of them were on the road but losing to Crotone and failing to beat SPAL (1:1) are definitely not the results which everyone in Florence expect.
Stefano Pioli has some great talents in the squad but he needs to capitalize their efforts into points. We must bear in mind Fiorentina actually are the youngest Serie A side (average age 24.4) so inconsistency is not something unexpected on the other hand. Nevertheless, Viola holds the seventh position and is above AC Milan (better goal difference), who have invested hundreds of millions in the summer transfer window, so Stefano Pioli might as well draw out some positives.
Fiorentina’s boss has a full squad to choose from, meaning Giovanni Simeone, Federico Chiesa and veteran Cyril Thereau leading the attack. Besides, there is one player who will be under the spotlights even more and that’s Federico Chiesa, who is admittedly one of the brightest talents in Italian football, and has been frankly courted by Napoli for a future transfer.
Indeed, Maurizio Sarri is in a desperate need of increasing his offensive strength. Napoli’s coach confessed the Partenopei had “lost something” in their attack since the fatigue of always playing the same trio inevitably took its toll on fitness level. Their passing and magnificent pace are essential to his football philosophy and when the tempo drops, they are no longer the exceptional squad sincerely winning sympathies of most neutral Calcio supporters all over the world.
Napoli must arise after two consecutive losses, which saw them losing the top Serie A spot and their undefeated domestic record after a setback to old rivals Juventus, as well as being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League.
Lorenzo Insigne missed the midweek trip to Rotterdam with a groin strain, which has ended his run of 60 successive starting appearances. If the local boy fails to recover in time, then Adam Ounas and Piotr Zielinski and both alternatives who can start on the left wing. The latter started against Feyenoord and even scored the goal so the Polack looks favourite to play from the outset. Faouzi Ghoulam and Arkadiusz Milik are the two long-term absentees who have highlighted the painful lack of strength in depth.
Napoli vs Fiorentina Prediction and Betting Tips
Napoli are clear favourites ahead the clash as despite an obvious drop in the past week, Maurizio Sarri perfectly realizes his players are yet in the big game and have a good chance to lift the Scudetto in spring of 2018.
Fiorentina can play without additional pressure here and “Viola” can even use such a game to gain more confidence before both home games they have in the upcoming week. Of course, Stefano Pioli’s men can be very pleased if they manage to slip Napoli at their own home, in front of the passionate tifosi, but leaving a good impression would be a positive sign as well. It’s not really a secret that Fiorentina is one of the springboards towards further transfer to a more ambitious club and young players like Marco Benassi, Jordan Veretout, Giovanni Simeone, Federico Chiesa, are all among the potential targets.
We believe Napoli will successfully fight for the three points but Fiorentina shouldn’t be underestimated at all. Our betting prediction goes on: “Napoli To Win & Both Teams To Score – Yes“.
Possible Starting Lineups of Napoli and Fiorentina
Venue: “Stadio San Paolo”, Naples.
Referee: Michael Fabbri.
SSC Napoli: Pepe Reina – Mario Rui, Raul Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Elseid Hysaj – Marek Hamsik, Jorginho, Allan – Piotr Zielinski, Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon. (4-3-3)
ACF Fiorentina: Marco Sportiello – Vincent Laurini, German Pezzella, Davide Astori, Cristiano Biraghi – Marco Benassi, Milan Badelj, Jordan Veretout – Federico Chiesa, Giovanni Simeone, Cyril Thereau. (4-3-3)