Fiorentina vs Napoli
Italy – Serie A
Date: Saturday, 24 August 2019
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi (Florence).
Fiorentina had a terrible campaign last time around, and it was with a stroke of luck that they avoided relegation. They had finished 16th in the table and had a surplus of just three points over the cut-off.
Even more embarrassing was the fact that even the booted out Empoli had scored more goals than the squad. Moreover, the team could register just eight wins from their 38-match run in the league competition.
While it’s true that they do have the home advantage for the day, the stature of the incoming opponents should be cause for fans to lose sleep. Disregarding Juventus, Napoli has been the best in Italy for quite a long time, and they have the stats to support this claim too.
It should also be noted that the group managed to outscore the eventual champions by four goals, who had the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic etc in their frontline.
As one more Serie A competition kick-starts, neutral fans of Italian football will be aligning with Napoli to put an end to the undisputed march of the Old Lady.
Fiorentina vs Napoli Head-to-head (h2h)
- Ten of the last twelve wins went to Napoli.
- The last six matches saw Fiorentina scoring a single goal in total.
- Five of the previous six wins at this venue went to the guests.
- The hosts have recorded a single win in front of their home crowd in the last ten years.
Fiorentina vs Napoli Prediction
Napoli was in the race for the title last season, and if not for the Georgio Chiellini and his boys, the team would easily have had the crown. On the other hand, Fiorentina was struggling to stay alive in the competition at the same time.
H2h ties too point towards a definite favorite. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have registered ten of the last twelve such wins, and five of the former six at this venue as well. Impressively, they have lost just once at this stadium in the last ten years and had their defense breached just once in total from the last six visits they made.
Finally, Fiorentina had ended their last season with 16 straight winless fixtures, and six losses in their last seven attempts. They had also failed to score a single goal in their last five match-ups of 2018-19.
By all means, expect Napoli to make full use of this fixture.
Fiorentina vs Napoli Betting Tips
Napoli to Win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Napoli to Open the Scoring @ 1.60 (3/5).