Facing their worst moment of the season, Napoli seek to rebuild this Sunday, December 10, in the classic against Fiorentina. At the San Paolo stadium in Naples, the match is part of the schedule of the sixteenth round of the Italian Championship in its 2017/2018 version. The beginning is scheduled for 12h (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Napoli
The Neapolitans had a near perfect season until the end of November. They led the Italian Championship unbeaten. However, on Friday, 1 December, they were beaten 1-0 at home by Juventus. Not only did they lose their unbeaten run but they were also beaten by Internazionale in the battle for the first place in Serie A. With 38 points wins, two draws and a loss), fell to second place on the previous day.
The biggest disappointment, however, was even in the Champions League. Still with chances of qualification, Napoli faced Feyenoord, in the Netherlands, who until then had not scored a point in the tournament. It came in front of the marker, but took the turn and with the defeat of 2 to 1 ended up being eliminated from the tournament. He will have to settle for the right to play for the Europa League in the second half of the semester, having finished third in his UEFA Champions League group stage key.
Thus, the duel tells Fiorentina appears as an opportunity for the team trained by Maurizio Sarri resume his good sequence. For this, the technician can count on practically all its main athletes. Only Faouzi Ghoulam (11 matches in the 2017/2018 Italian League, two goals) and striker Arkadiusz Milik (three games, one goal) are in the medical department.
The San Paolo, however, has not made the current season the same difference of the previous years. Napoli is only the sixth best entrant of the Italian Serie A.
The current form of Fiorentina
When the field command is taken into account, Fiorentina has not been scared away. This is only the thirteenth best of the Italian Championship. Of the 24 points played in that situation, he won only eight (two wins, two draws and four losses).
The results in Florence are that have left the team in better position in the standings. Fiorentina occupy seventh place with 21 points (six wins, three draws and six losses). It is the first team outside the classification zone for European tournaments. It is five points behind Sampdoria, sixth placed, who closes that block.
To face Napoli, coach Stefano Pioli can not only count on preparation for the week off, since the team did not qualify for continental tournaments this season but also had all their top players available. Without problems of injury or suspension, you can climb the team you consider best to face Napoli.
History of the bouts between Napoli and Fiorentina
Napoli have not lost to Fiorentina for eight matches. Since 2014, there have been six wins and two draws. In the previous season, the meetings were three. For the Italian Championship, there was a draw in Florence for 3 to 3 and Napoli’s success at home, by 4 to 1. In the Italian Cup, also at home, the Neapolitans scored 1 to 0.
Owner of the finest football in Italy, Napoli had an unexpected stumble against Feyenoord. The defeat for Juventus can not enter into the relationship of surprises given the potential of the Turin team. Therefore, it is not possible to consider that the team is in decadence. Acting at home against a Fiorentina who does not show much strength when he plays away from their dominions, the Neapolitans are the best guessing option with 1.32 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 5.20 and visitor success paid 9.00 per real invested.