Napoli vs Fiorentina
Italian Serie A.
Date: Saturday, 15 September 2018
Kick-Off: 17:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
Napoli’s winning start to the season came to an abrupt end last round as the Partenopei were thrashed by Sampdoria. It was a shocking result as the Genoa-based outfit were made to look like actual championship-contenders by beating last season’s second-best side 3-0. Can Carlo Ancelotti’s team get back on track as they take on Fiorentina this weekend?
Napoli did have to come from behind against Lazio and Milan to win their first two games, but not many would have expected them to lose to Sampdoria, and not many would have anticipated them to lose without scoring a single goal.
Yes, Sampdoria were a team who built their standing on their home performances, but they didn’t finish in a European football spot and are a side who are still very much in the building process. Napoli, by contrast, are a team who want to be viewed as a serious contender to challenge Juventus for the Scudetto season after season, and now all eyes will be on how they respond after this setback.
As for Fiorentina, they are still unbeaten after a narrow win over Udinese and after a through thrashing over a hapless Chievo side that saw them rack up six goals in a 6-1 victory. Had they been even more clinical, the Viola certainly could have scored more against the Flying Donkeys. The Tuscan outfit still have a game in hand after their match with Sampdoria was rescheduled due to the Genoa bridge collapse and will be hoping to continue in the same vein here.
Napoli vs Fiorentina: Head-to-head statistics
- Napoli are undefeated in their last 5 home matches against Fiorentina in all competitions
- Napoli’s home record against Fiorentina: (W31 D21 L16)
Napoli vs Fiorentina: Prediction
Napoli have won five of their last six home games after beating Milan but they have conceded in five straight home games, so that could give Fiorentina a chance to grab a goal, especially with the Viola in great scoring form as of late.
Given how they have had to come from behind twice against Lazio and Milan and were dealt a shock against Sampdoria, this could be a tricky test for the hosts.
Napoli vs Fiorentina Betting tips
BTTS – YES at 1.67 (2/3)
Fiorentina – Double chance at 2.40 (7/5)
Over 2.5 goals at 1.64 (7/11).