AC Fiorentina vs. SSC Napoli / Serie A – We have left a very interesting match between teams from the upper half of standings for the end of analysis of irregular 18th round of the Italian Serie A, eight-positioned Fiorentina and third-placed Napoli, which at the moment has big eight points more. The difference was created after the Neapolitans won three times in a row, while on the other hand La Viola suffered defeats away in two previous championship matches. Let’s add that in February the two teams drew at the very same stadium 1-1, while before that Napoli had a series of four triumphs in a row. Begins: 22.12.2016 – 20:45 CET
It in fact means that Fiorentina didn’t win Napoli since March 2014, while at home they defeated them eight years ago. Of course, that will be an additional motive for La Viola to try to win all three points from this derby of Serie A, especially as their score at home so far is four wins and the same number of draws. Last two matches played in Florence ended as Fiorentina victories over Palermo and Sassoulo, both times by 2-1, but after that they suffered two away defeats in a row, by Genoa in the postponed match and by Lazio last weekend.
Right because of that Fiorentina is just eight in the Serie A standings, and has seven points fewer than fifth-placed Milan, so they have to play much better in continuation of season if they again want to join race for positions that lead to Europe. Since we are talking about European competitions, it would be good to mention that Fiorentina has recently reach the round of 32 of the Europa League where will face Borussia M’gladbach next spring. Regarding situation with the team, only not fully recovered midfielder Valer is questionable, while defender Salcedo and midfielder Badelja are back in the team after expiration of suspensions.
Probable lineups AC Fiorentina: Tatarusanu – Salcedo, Rodriguez, Astori, Milic – Badelj, Vecino – Tello, Ilicic, Bernardeschi – Kalinic
Unlike Fiorentina which lost two previous matches in the championship, the guests from Naples are in a great mood ahead of this derby of the Serie A, given they have a winning streak of four matches, in which they made goal difference 15-4. Coach Sarri’s players were very good in the Serie A in that period, where they won Inter 3-0 at home and Toriono 5-3 last weekend, while they defeated Cagliari by high 5-0 away, so at the moment Napoli occupies high third place and has just one point fewer than second-positioned Roma.
Besides, the Neapolitans had recently played a great match in the last round of Champions League when they defeated Benfica away by 2-1, which propelled them at the first place in the group but that hasn’t helped much given they got title defender Real Madrid for opponent in the round of 16. Anyway, Napoli is currently focused on the championship where are doing very well so it is quite realistic to expect that Sarri now sends against Fiorentina similar team like in previous matches, especially as out of question are only injured stopper Koulibaly and forward Milik.
Probable lineups SSC Napoli: Reina – Hysaj, Albiol, Chiriches, Ghoulam – Zielinski, Jorginho, Hamsik – Callejon, Mertens, Insigne
AC Fiorentina – SSC Napoli PICK
It is fact that Napoli goes to Florence after four wins in a row but we must bear in mind that La Viola are still undefeated at home this season, which is why we have opted for a pick with goals on both sides.
Pick: both teams score
Odds: 1.61 at comeon (down to 1.57 can be played)