With new coach taking effect after the shocking sacking of Carlo Ancelotti, the Naples will be playing host to side Fiorentina at the San Paulo Stadium. The match is scheduled for 18th January, with kickoff at 22:45 GMT.
Coach Gattuso was assigned as the new coach in a plea to salvage the sinking ship at Naples. However, things have not yet picked for the Naples who are currently 11th in the table. With a couple of disputes and players with expiring contracts, it remains a struggle to put the Italian giants back on the map.
Fiorentina, on the other hand, is currently struggling with their form with 21 points in the Serie A placing them at the 14 spots. With several top stars still with injury blows, it remains a doubt whether the side can make an impact in the league.
Will coach Gatusso bring the Naples back to winning ways or will the great ship continue to sink? Will the injury blow make Fiorentina suffer another loss?
Napoli vs Fiorentina Head to Head
Both sides have met on 27 occasions with Napoli taking home 14 wins while Fiorentina contended with five wins, with eight games ending in a draw. Here is a look at their past 8 matches:
Fiorentina 3-4 Napoli
Fiorentina 0-0 Napoli
Napoli 1-0 Fiorentina
Fiorentina 3-0 Napoli
Napoli 0-0 Fiorentina
Napoli 4-1 Fiorentina
Fiorentina 3-3 Napoli
Fiorentina 1-1 Napoli
Napoli Team News
Coach Gattuso will have to deal with injury blow at the campsite. Defender Koulibaly’s future is still in doubt with the Senegalese recovering from biceps femoris muscle injury. Another doubtful figure in the camp is Dries Mertens recovering from adductor problems with the Belgian’s contract expiring in the summer.
To add to the injury list is right-back Kevin Malcuit, left-back Faouzi Ghoulam, centre back Nikola Maksimovic and goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis. Left-back Marco Rui will be serving a yellow card suspension ahead of the match.
Fiorentina Team News
Injuries in the camp include left-winger Frank Ribery who continues serving an ankle injury. Centre forward Kevin Prince Boateng also continues recovering from a bruised knee. Right-winger Rachid Ghezzal also continues to serve a red card suspension. On the brink of a yellow card, the suspension includes a centre back Martin Caceres, right-back Pol Lilora and left-back Dalbert.
Prediction and Odds
Napoli is currently on a losing streak after registering only one win in their last six matches. The same applies for Fiorentina with a mixture of results.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Under 2.5