FIORENTINA v NAPOLI – SERIE A
February 29 2016, Stadio Artemio Franchi, 19:00 GMT+0
Today we will witness an important match for both sides. A win for the home side would mean “The Viola” would be back on 3rd place on the table, only 2 points behind Napoli, who would stay on 2nd place. Whereas a win for the visitors would mean, the “Partenopei” would be only 1 point behind league leaders Juventus. So there is no doubt both of the teams would perform at their best. I also might mention, both of the teams were knocked out of Europa League last week.
Fiorentina is coming from a loss against Tottenham in Europa league (3:0), the 1st round ended in (1:1), so the aggregate score showed 4:1 for Tottenham. As for the domestic league, Fiorentina has not tasted defeat in last 6 matches. In those 6 games “The Viola” managed to beat 3 opponents on Stadio Artemio Franchi; Inter (2:1), Carpi (2:1) and Torino (2:0). But we must take a closer look at those matches. Against Inter, Fiorentina scored a late goal in 91′, same goes for a win against Carpi, where the goal came even later, in 93′. So it’s safe to say there was a little of luck involved in those wins. Looking at previous H2H, Napoli won (2:1). At that time Fiorentina was at its peak form wise, as they were on the top of the league.
Looking at Napoli, they are surely disappointed after being knocked out of Europa League. Maurizio Sarri‘s side had a 1 goal lead in the previous match against Villareal, but conceived a goal in 59’, due to mistake of letting the opponent put pressure on Napoli’s defence. In Serie A, there was match against AC Milan, which ended in a draw (1:1). The “Partenopei” were not able to convert their chances into a goal. All in all that means Napoli has not tasted a victory in last 4 matches.
Missing players wise, there is nothing worth mentioning. Fiorentina will miss only Zarate, whereas Napoli is (still) missing El Kaddouri and Strinic.
In conclusion, despite Napoli showing poor performances lately I believe they can beat their opponents today, because Napoli have showed us they are a competitive squad.
Prediction: Napoli -0.25
Odds: 2.02 SBO