AC Fiorentina vs SSC Napoli / Serie A – The most interesting match of the 23rd round of the Serie A will be played in Florence. Fiorentina didn’t exactly justify expectations and right now it occupies the 9th place and has even 20 points fewer than 2nd-positioned Napoli. On the other hand Fiorentina reached the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia unlike Napoli. The home team has six-game unbeaten streak, while Napoli didn’t lose in four previous league rounds. Napoli won their first head-to-head this season by 1-0.
AC Fiorentina vs SSC Napoli begins 09.02.2019 at 18:00 CET
Too many draws is the main reason why Fiorentina is positioned around mid-table. Five defeats so far is not much, while it lost just once in previous eight rounds. Parma surprised them at their own stadium, after which Fiorentina drew three times in a row and won a strange match with Chievo 4-3 when they scored two goals having one player fewer on the pitch. We should mention victory over Roma of even 7-1 in the Cup, while in the previous round they drew in Udine 1-1. Benassi was suspended but manager Pioli had anyway made many changes. Now, besides Benassi Milenkovic cannot play as well.
Probable lineups AC Fiorentina: Lafont – Laurini, Pezzella, Ceccherini, Biraghi – E. Fernandes, Veretout, Gerson – Chiesa, Mirallas, Muriel
Napoli fans are quite surely disappointed with elimination from the Coppa Italia but they are fully satisfied with developments in the Seire A. Their team is second behind leading Juventus which has, most probably, uncatchable nine points more, but on the other hand Napoli has 11 points more than 3rd-placed Inter. Napoli has no luck with away matches in Milan and it suffered the latest league defeat by Inter and drew with Milan but then lost in the Cup. In the previous round Napoli defeated Sampdoria by sound 3-0 and that help to restore winning atmosphere in the dressing room. Legendary midfielder Hamsik is on his way out and will probably not play against Fiorentina. His replacement will be Fabian Ruiz.
Probable lineups SSC Napoli: Meret – Malcuit, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Rui – Allan, F. Ruiz, Callejon, Zielinski – Insigne, Milik
AC Fiorentina vs SSC Napoli PICK
Fiorentina plays well lately and it is very efficient. Napoli had played several matches below expectations and it didn’t make a name for itself in Florence in last couple of years. That is why we will not try to forecast a winner and instead we expect a match with plenty of goals.
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.90 at bet365 (down to 1.80 can be played)
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