The Viola will host Napoli at Artemio Franchi in Serie A Round 18 on Thursday night. Fiorentina hope to continue their unbeaten home run (four victories and four draws in eight matches). One of the interesting facts is that Viola didn’t defeat Napoli at Artemio Franchi since 2009. In the last round they lost against SS Lazio 3-1 at Olimpico and coach Sousa said: “We tried to push and grew throughout the evening, so yes there is bitterness, as we felt that we deserved more from this game,”
“Last year against them we didn’t give a good account of ourselves. We struggled to be competitive from start to finish. We have good quality, so we’ll see tomorrow. I believe that our team can do it. They’re a really well equipped team both defensively and offensively. They have individuals who can decide a game with one piece of play.” – admitted Sousa in his conference before the match against Napoli.
He also praised Fiorentina’s supporters: “The Curva Fiesole always gives us a boost, but that will be especially true against Napoli. Sarri’s team press high and with great intensity, but we can beat them.”
Paulo Sousa will have most of the his squad available, while Borja Valero and Nenad Tomovic are still doubtfull.
Partenopei travel to Florence to extend their positive form after they demolished Torino 5-3 in the last round. The Belgian international Dries Mertens has a remarkable afternoon against Torino. “Right now it is in a great shape of form, the team also is helping him to make his movements and we are happy with what he did today, and the joy that is feeling”. – praised him head coach Sarri. He scored four goals and deserved perfect 10 Sofa Score rating. Napoli recorded four wins and two draws in last six Florence’s visits.
Although they defeated Torino head coach Sarri was angry for the goals they suffered and he said: ” This is a very strong team, with very high talent, but they are not always able to maintain the concentration they are expected to have. Especially in the defensive phase we commit many mistakes.”
Jose Callejon and Marek Hamsik have both committed their futures to the club and newspapers expect that Dries Mertens will do the same in the coming days, while Lorenzo Insigne’s status about his contract extension with his boyhood club is still questionable.
Head to Head:
Fiorentina have won only one of their last 12 Serie A games against Napoli in the top-flight (D5 L6).
Over those 12 games against Napoli, the Viola have never managed to score more than a single goal per game.
Napoli are unbeaten in their last seven trips to the Artemio Franchi (W4 D3), after having lost six of their previous seven games away in Florence.
Napoli are on a run of three consecutive wins in the league – the last time they secured four Serie A wins in a row was in February.
Fiorentina have lost their last two games against Lazio and Genoa – they’ve never suffered three losses in a row under Paulo Sousa in Serie A.
However, the Tuscans are still unbeaten at home in this Serie A campaign (W4 D4).
Napoli have scored 13 goals over their last three Serie A fixtures, one more than the total they had netted over the previous 10 match-days.
Napoli have scored more goals this season than any other Serie A team (37 goals, 30 of which from open play).