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Napoli v Fiorentina: Preview

It’s gonna be a bumpy ride...

ACF Fiorentina v US Sassuolo - Serie A Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

The game will take place at 9:00AM (EST), 2:00PM (GMT) or 3:00PM (CET) at the Stadio San Paolo, Naples.

Fiorentina

The beloved boys in purple come into this match in a strange but sobering state. After comprehensively sweeping aside Sassuolo, the initial euphoria felt after seeing Fiorentina actually play well has since slowly faded after realising that, well, it was Sassuolo. The Neroverdi are a shadow of the team who had been so exciting in recent years, and that same sentence could probably apply to Fiorentina too. A clean sheet and a masterclass from Cyril Thereau gave the Gigliati what they needed after a, lets be honest, ludicrously lucky 1-1 at Lazio and previously a dire 1-1 at SPAL, a team who's name gives me literal shudders. Things don’t get any tougher than a trip to face Sarri’s mean lean footballing machine in Naples, and I for one don't beam with the same kind of optimism I once heralded going into Fiorentina’s game against Sassuolo.

Pioli is likely to name a unchanged side from that which beat Sassuolo, with Thereau once again playing father figure to both Giovanni Simeone and Federico Chiesa. Jordan Veretout and Marco Benassi will undoubtedly flank Milan Badelj, all of which will look to congest the midfield and squeeze the game as much as possible to try to nullify Napoli.

Napoli

Yeah, Napoli sucked against Juventus and Feyenoord (the latter really badly), but they're still a damn good team, and should be very confident coming into this fixture. Lorenzo Insigne is a doubt after his over-exertion aka being worked like a dog in Sarri’s crazy system, but either way, Piotr Zielinski stepping in isn't exactly cause for Fiorentina to relax. Mario Rui is still in at left-back for the crocked Faouzi Ghoulam, and Napoli could leap frog Inter and go a point ahead of them while also creating a three point buffer between them and the Old Lady.

Probable Line-Ups

Napoli (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Albion, Koulibaly, Rui; Jorginho, Allan, Hamsik; Callejon, Mertens, Zielinski.

Fiorentina (4-3-3): Sportiello; Laurini, Pezzella, Astori, Biraghi; Badelj, Benassi, Veretout; Chiesa, Simeone, Thereau.

How to watch

The game is live on BT Sport 1 if you're in the UK, if not, check here for a list of reliable, safe streams.

Forza Viola!