Preview - Napoli vs Fiorentina 16 September 18

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Sep 15, 2018, 05:12 AM Last Edit: Sep 15, 2018, 05:53 AM by Harry85
Match Day 4
Napoli vs Fiorentina
Sunday, September 16th, 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo

Last five matches form: W W W W L
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.03
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.76
Top Scorer 17/18: Dries Mertens (18)

Last five matches form: W L L W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.42
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.21
Top Scorer 17/18: Giovanni Simeone (14)

It's been a perfect start to the season for Fiorentina so far with two wins from their opening two games; smashing Chievo 6-1 in their opener before seeing off Udinese 1-0. Both of those games came at home though and they face their toughest test yet as they travel to last season's runners up, Napoli.

Napoli had their fans living on their nerves a little bit in their opening two games; coming from behind to beat both Lazio and AC Milan. Going behind once again in their third game at Sampdoria, they couldn't manage the trick for a third time, eventually slumping to a 3-0 defeat in what was the first big setback for Carlo Ancelotti. They will be looking to bounce back in front of their own fans in this one.

Fiorentina actually held the edge over Napoli last season, securing a goalless draw in this game and winning 3-0 at home.

One of the biggest surprises of the Ancelotti era has been the fact that he has been unable to find a place in the starting 11 for one of last season's star men - and top scorer - Dries Mertens. The absence of his pace up front hasn't really allowed Napoli to stretch sides as they did do effectively last season.

The overall impression we have taken from Napoli's opening three games is that the may well struggle to match last seasons performance. They can probably avoid defeat in this one but may have to settle for a draw.

Prediction: Napoli 1 - 1 Fiorentina


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  20 - 6
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 10 - 3
Possession: 59% - 41%

Referee Michael Fabbri booked five here. Issuing the yellow card to Piotr Zielinski of the home side, in addition to Federico Chiesa, Marco Benassi, Bryan Dabo and Valentin Eysseric of Fiorentina.

The winning margin was only narrow here, but the win was certainly deserved as Napoli put in what was probably their most polished display to date under Carlo Ancelotti, firing in an excellent 20 efforts on goal and dominating proceedings throughout. An fine way to bounce back from last weeks disappointing defeat at Sampdoria.

In form Fiorentina did go close early. Oestis Karnezis doing well to palm over a 30-yard piledriver from Marco Benassi.

 Another effort from range, this time from Federico Chiesa, was just about the only other effort of note from Fiorentina in the first half and indeed over the remainder of the game.

Napoli soon gained control though. Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon both going close with volleyed efforts. 0-0 at the break though.

Napoli began to turn the screw in the second half. The recalled Dries Mertens firing narrowly wide, and Lorenzo Inisgne shooting into the side netting and heading wide.

Insigne was a threat throughout here and it was he who grabbed the winner in the 79th minute. Played into the right-hand side of the area by Arek Milik, he produced a low composed finish across the keeper from around seven yards.

Piotr Zielinski should really have put the game to bed soon after. Clean through on goal with only the keeper to beat he could only blaze wide.

Napoli are back up to their customary second spot in the table, whilst Fiorentina drop to sixth.

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