Napoli vs Fiorentina
Italy – Serie A
Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
‘I Partenopei’ will be aiming to build on the Coppa Italia success and get more points on board before the Juventus clash next weekend.
Napoli vs Fiorentina: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (39 games): Napoli 16 Wins, Fiorentina 12 Wins, 11 Draws.
- Napoli have 9-6-4 record at San Paolo vs La Viola.
- The Azzurri have won five of the last six home fixtures against Fiorentina.
- Three goals or more have been scored in three of the last five league outings at this venue.
- The reverse fixture between these two sides in August finished 4-3 to Napoli.
Napoli vs Fiorentina: Match Preview
The Azzurri slumped to their second straight Serie A loss, fourth in the last six league outings, as David Ospina’s late error gifted Lazio a narrow win. There are positives to be taken from the game as Napoli’s limited backline, without Koulibaly and Maksimovic, reduced goal-hungry Lazio to just seven shots.
Rino Gattuso’s side went on to beat Perugia 2-0 in the Coppa Italia clash, thanks to Insigne’s penalty brace. Napoli are 11th in the standings, five points off of sixth-placed Sardinians.
‘I Partenopei’ have an underwhelming record at San Paolo this season – three wins, two draws and four losses, scoring and shipping the same amount of goals – 1.22 per match. The southern outfit have collected just two points from last five home games (0-2-3).
Malcuit (3 games, 0 goals), Maksimovic (8/1) and Mertens (16/4) are on the sidelines.
Fiorentina put an end to their eight-game winless streak in the league with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over last-placed SPAL on Patrick Cutrone’s debut. Beppe Iachini’s men failed to impress as they allowed Ferrara-based team to dominate possession and produce several clear-cut chances.
At the end of the day, three points is all that matters, and 14th-placed Fiorentina, coming off of a 2-1 Coppa win against Atalanta, will be hoping to extend their unbeaten spell.
La Viola have registered two wins, three draws and four defeats away from Artemio Franchi, averaging 1.33 goals scored per game and conceding 1.67 in return. They played out a 1-1 draw vs Bologna in most recent away fixture.
Franck Ribery (11/2) is ruled out, Kevin-Prince Boateng (14/1) is questionable.
Napoli vs Fiorentina: Predicted Starting Lineups
Napoli (4-3-3): Ospina – D.Lorenzo, Hysaj, Manolas, Koulibaly (Luperto) – Zielinski, Ruiz, Allan – Insigne, Callejon, Milik.
Fiorentina (3-5-2): Dragowski – Caceres, Milenkovic, Pezzella – Lirola, Dalbert, Pulgar, Castrovilli, Benassi – Chiesa, Vlahovic.
Napoli vs Fiorentina: Prediction
Both sides are underachieving, especially home team that picked up twenty points less than they did last season at the same stage. They will be aiming to build on the Coppa Italia success and get more points on board before the Juventus clash next weekend.
I know they’re super unstable these days, but I will back them to deliver on Saturday. As for my second bet, I will pick Arkadiusz Milik to net anytime. The Polish international has bagged eight goals in last nine games for Napoli.
Napoli vs Fiorentina: Betting Tips
Napoli To Win @ 1.67
Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli) To Score Anytime @ 1.90.