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Prediction: Fiorentina vs Napoli

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 14 May 2024

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Verdict: Fiorentina draw no bet

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: Dachbet

Looking to take another giant leap towards another European finish this season, Fiorentina will welcome Napoli to Tuscany on Friday night.

Fiorentina

Starting with the hosts, booking their spot in consecutive Europa Conference League finals last week as they secured a thrilling 4-3 aggregate victory against Club Brugge, Fiorentina are enjoying an extended flurry. Last seen keeping up their recent charge as they secured a 2-1 win against Monza on Monday night, Vincenzo Italiano’s men have lost just a pair of their previous 10 appearances across all competitions. Smelling the chance to make another statement here, the Viola have also gained a reputation for their success on home soil. Including a stellar 5-1 romp against Sassuolo on April 28th, Fiorentina have won all of their last four contests in Tuscany. Likewise, suffering just a single defeat at the Stadio Artemio Franchi since the end of January, Italiano’s men will be relishing Napoli’s arrival this weekend.

Team News

Sustaining a broken collarbone against Club Brugge earlier in the month, Fiorentina are once again set to be without the services of 24-year-old Riccardo Sottil on Friday night. However, aside from the former Italy U21 international, the Viola have reported a clean bill of health and have no fresh injury concerns to worry about.

Now notching three goals in as many Serie A appearances, attacking talisman Nicolas Gonzalez will play a leading role in Tuscany. Despite speculation around his future at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, ex-Liverpool misfit Arthur Melo will partner Rolando Mandragora at the heart of Italiano’s midfield.

Napoli

As for the visitors, while Napoli might have made real history last season as they got their hands on a first Serie A crown since 1990, the Italian icons have come crashing back down to earth this time around. Coming under a huge amount of scrutiny and failing to find any kind of stability, Francesco Calzona’s men have the feel of a squad limping their way over the finishing line. Despite opening April with an action-packed 4-2 victory away at Monza, that is the only win that Friday’s hosts have collected from any of their previous 10 consecutive appearances across all competitions. Crashing out of the Champions League back on March 12th as they fell to a 4-2 aggregate defeat against Spanish giants Barcelona, Napoli have also continued to show some rather glaring defensive issues this season.

Team News

Suffering from a recent calf issue and missing all of Napoli’s last three Serie A appearances, Polish international Piotr Zielinski faces a late fitness test on Friday night. However, returning from a minor knock against Bologna last weekend and heavily linked with a blockbuster summer move away from Naples, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia will keep his spot in Calzona’s starting XI.

Notching 15 Serie A strikes so far this season, attacking talisman Victor Osimhen will once again play a leading role in Tuscany. Despite their glaring defensive issues this season, Kosovo international Amir Rrahmani will once again partner Juan Jesus at the heart of Napoli’s defence.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Fiorentina and Napoli last met on January 18th, the Azzurri picked up a thumping 3-0 victory while in Super Cup action.
    • However, Friday’s guests have collected just a single victory from any of their previous 10 consecutive appearances across all competitions.
    • Likewise, the now-former Serie A champions have failed to muster a single clean sheet from any of their last 16 consecutive outings.
    • Fiorentina have lost just a pair of their previous 10 appearances across all competitions.
    • Friday’s hosts have won all of their last four showdowns at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

    Conclusion

    Although Napoli might have claimed a thumping 3-0 victory when they last met Fiorentina back on January 18th, the now-former Italian champions face a far tougher challenge here. With the Blues remarkably mustering just a single victory from any of their previous 10 consecutive appearances across all competitions, Italiano’s high-flying squad will be smelling the chance to make a statement here. Winning all of their last four showdowns in Tuscany and suffering just a single defeat in front of their own supporters since the end of January, we are backing a home draw no bet this weekend.

    Verdict: Fiorentina draw no bet

    Best Odds: 4/5

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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