Napoli vs Fiorentina – Serie A: In Italy there’s already talks about this Napoli’s decline, with Hamsik producing less than usual
With the attacking trio not presenting itself so mobile as they used to, and with a defence that lost some consistency with the injury of Ghoulam,
allied to the 2 consecutive wins that have taken the team off the lead of the Serie A and made them exit the Champion League, have now cause everyone to question the team’s and coach’s competence.
Looking at this Napoli team, I see some similarities with FC Porto in Portugal because they are a team that seems to be short for the demands and ambitions they face.
On the Napoli team, those demands seem to be already taking its toll on the team, with some clear signs of tiredness in crucial players of the team due to the packed schedule.
Maurizio Sarri completely trusts the players he has at his disposal and believes he can continue surprising but the 2 consecutive losses against Juventus and Feyenoord have certainly affected the players’ confidence and have hurt the team’s aspirations.
Fiorentina is making a season within what was expected from them. The team occupies the 7th position with 21 points. There is a gap starting to appear between them and the European spots but that was never a clearly set objective for them..
The team broke a negative streak of 4 winless rounds on the last round, by beating Sassuolo 3-0.
Milik and Ghoulam are the great absences on Napoli’s team.
On Fiorentina, Hristov is the only confirmed absence, while Astori, who has been having some issues, should be fit.
Probable Starting XIs:
Napoli: Reina, Hysaj, Koulibaly, Albiol, Mário Rui, Jorginho, Hamsik, Allan, Callejón, Insigne and Mertens.
Fiorentina: Sportiello, Laurini, Pezzella, Astori, Biraghi, Badelj, Veretout, Benassi, Théréau, Chiesa and Simeone.
Napoli vs Fiorentina – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Napoli is not on a good moment of form and their players seem to be showing some fatigue due to the tough schedule but still, even with the team not being in its best form, they have enough quality to beat this Fiorentina.
I believe that Napoli will still hold on in the fight for the top of the table until the January’s transfer window and in case they make some slight adjustments to their roster,
they can even be serious contenders for the Scudetto, so I expect a home win here, also to take advantage of the draw between Juventus and Inter..
|Napoli to win||