Saturday 20 May

Napoli vs Fiorentina Match Preview

19 May 2017 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

SSC Napoli

  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
20 May 2017

AC Fiorentina

  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 20 May 2017

An end of season match-up between a side who have secured their final position and a side that have still got it all to play for. Napoli have been fantastic all season and have secured 3rd spot and a place in next season’s Champions League while Fiorentina are 1 point away from Europa League qualification. A win for the visitors and an AC Milan draw or loss would see Fiorentina sneak into 6th place, giving them the advantage going into the final game of the season.

STATS

  • Napoli have been brilliant in recent weeks and have won 4 of their last 5 games which has seen them really consolidate their place in the Champions League next season. An emphatic 5-0 win away at Torino in their last match showed just how strongly they are finishing this season.
  • Fiorentina have only won 2 of their last 5 and a better run of form at the back-end of the season would’ve seen them wrap up a place in Europe next season. However, a 3-2 win over Lazio in their last game showed they haven’t given up on their European dream.
  • Dries Mertens has been Napoli’s top scorer in the league this season and with 25 goals, only Edin Dzeko has managed more in Serie A this season. With 2 games left of the season, he could still win the golden boot.
  • Fiorentina’s main source of goals has come from their attacking-midfielder, Nikola Kalinic, who has scored 15 league goals, which has undoubtedly kept in the hunt for European football.

HEAD TO HEAD

Napoli have dominated this fixture recently and Fiorentina haven’t beaten them in their last 5 league attempts. However, it ended all square back in December as Manolo Gabbiadini’s 94th minute penalty meant the game finished 3-3.

NAPOLI NEWS

Mathematically Napoli can still win the league if Roma and Juventus both slip up in their final league games but with 5 points between themselves and Juventus, it would take a miracle for Napoli to take the Scudetto especially as Juve are facing relegation candidates, Crotone, this weekend. They’re only 1 point behind Roma so they could still take 2nd place. Without any injuries or suspensions, Napoli have a great chance of taking all 3 points in their final home game of the season.

Latest matches: SSC Napoli

14.05.2017 Seri Turin FC SSC Napoli 0:5 W
06.05.2017 Seri SSC Napoli Cagliari Calcio 3:1 W
30.04.2017 Seri Inter Milan SSC Napoli 0:1 W
23.04.2017 Seri US Sassuolo SSC Napoli 2:2 D
15.04.2017 Seri SSC Napoli Udinese Calcio 3:0 W

FIORENTINA NEWS

With just 1 point separating Fiorentina and AC Milan, a win over Napoli would put the pressure massively on AC Milan. But a win over Napoli will be a very tough task for the visitors especially as Napoli are scoring goals at will against all of their opponents. Fiorentina are missing 3 very important players for the clash which won’t help their chances of victory. Milan Badelj (injury) as well as Borja Valero and Davide Astori (suspensions) are all unavailable for selection.

Latest matches: AC Fiorentina

13.05.2017 Seri AC Fiorentina Lazio Roma 3:2 W
07.05.2017 Seri US Sassuolo AC Fiorentina 2:2 D
30.04.2017 Seri US Palermo AC Fiorentina 2:0 L
22.04.2017 Seri AC Fiorentina Inter Milan 5:4 W
15.04.2017 Seri AC Fiorentina FC Empoli 1:2 L

SUMMING UP!

Napoli should have no problem picking up all 3 points against Fiorentina and potentially ending the visitors’ hopes of European football next season. A win for the hosts could see them close the gap on the teams above and even give them a slight hope of winning the title on the final day of the season. A win for Napoli is expected and they’ll be expected to score a few goals but their leaky defence means they’ll probably struggle to keep a clean sheet.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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