Preview - Fiorentina vs Napoli 25 August 19

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Match Day 1
Fiorentina vs. Napoli
Sunday, August 25th 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi

Last five matches form: L L L L D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.24
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.18
Top Scorer (18/19): Marco Benassi (7)

Last five matches form: W W W W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.95
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.95
Top Scorer (18/19): Arkadiusz Milik (17)

Having chased Juventus home in the race for the Serie A title in each of the past two seasons, Napoli will be hoping this is the year that they can come out on top. First up it's this trip to the Artemio Franchi to take on a Fiorentina side who's second half of the seasons collapse saw them only narrowly avoid relegation in the end.

There wasn't too much to split these sides last season, with this game ending in a goalless draw and Napoli edging the reverse fixture 1-0.

Now with his feet firmly under the table at Napoli, Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping to build upon what was a solid first season at the helm. He will pleased to have held on to his key men over the summer and Hirving Lozano looks an exciting addition on the left.

The task for Vincenzo Montella at Fiorentina will simply be to improve upon last season's debacle. With star man Federico Chiesa looking like staying put, and powerful new owners behind them, they should realistically be looking at a top half finish as an objective.

Napoli were solid on the road last season, winning 11 of 19 and losing only 5, scoring two or more in eleven of those fixtures.

There was quite a disparity between these sides last season and for us Napoli look to have improved more over the summer too. Away win.

Prediction: Fiorentina 1 - 2 Napoli


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 3 - 4
Shots:  7 - 6
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 0 - 3
Possession: 49% - 51%

Two bookings for the home side, with Kevin Prince Boateng and German Pezzella having their names taken by referee Davide Massa. Allan, Jose Callejon, Mario Rui and Piotr Zielinski of Napoli also saw yellow.

A real thriller at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, although a game of not so many chances as the final score-line would suggest. Both sides were simply very efficient with the opportunites they did have.

It was the hosts who struck first in the ninth minute. VAR having an early influence on this game when spotting a handball in the area. Penalty kick. Erick Pulgar firing confidently into the bottom left.

Entering the 38th minute Fiorentina were still in front. By half-time they would be behind.

The equaliser arrived in that 38th minute. Dries Mertens picking the ball up with his back to goal around 22 yards out to the left, nice turn from the Belgian and a fine strike into the top right. The keeper getting a hand to it but being unable to keep it out.

Five minutes later Napoli were given the chance to take the lead. Mertens brought down by the outstretched leg of a defender in the area and the referee evening up the penalty kick count. No mistake from Lorenzo Insigne to find the bottom rightt. 1-2 at the break.

Seven minutes into the second half the home side were back on level terms. Nikola Milenkovic getting up to meet a corner from the right towards the right corner of the six yard box, and powering a header in low to the right hand side.

It took Napoli only four minutes to regain the lead. Insigne attacking down the left and playing the ball across to the right edge of the eighteen-yard box into the path of Jose Callejon. Callejon sweeping the ball first time into the bottom left.

Fiorentina drew level in the 65th minute through Prince Boateng who had been on the pitch for all of four minutes. Letting the ball run across his body to the right around twenty yards from goal and rifling an effort in off the left-hand post.

Again, Napoli struck back almost immediately. A ball from the left flank flashed towards the by-line beyond the far post. Callejon arriving to play the ball across the six-yard box where the unmarked Insigne finished with a stooped header from a couple of yards. 3-4 after 67 minutes, and that's the way it stayed.

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