Napoli vs Fiorentina Prediction, Tips & Odds -18.01.2024
Napoli vs Fiorentina Prediction 18.01.2024. The first edition of the Italian Super Cup, in which four teams will compete, will take place at the KSU Stadium in Riyadh. On Thursday at 8:00 PM CET, the current champion Napoli will face off against last season’s Coppa Italia finalist, Fiorentina.
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Napoli vs Fiorentina Odds
Napoli Team News
After 20 rounds played in Serie A, Napoli and Fiorentina are separated by only three points in the standings. However, Napoli’s fight to defend the championship title seems unsuccessful already, as they trail the leading Inter by a significant 20 points.
Recently eliminated from the Coppa Italia in a humiliating 4-0 defeat at home against Frosinone, coach Walter Mazzarri is under immense pressure to achieve results. This makes the upcoming tournament a potentially crucial opportunity to win a trophy this season.
Following four consecutive matches without a victory and without scoring a goal, Napoli finally managed to break that streak in the last round with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Salernitana in injury time. Napoli, a two-time Super Cup winner, with the last title coming a decade ago in Qatar, may see a return to the Middle East as a chance to regain their fortune. Despite a poor record in recent head-to-head matches against Fiorentina, including a 3-1 defeat at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in early October, there is no doubt that the team from Naples is eager to secure a spot in the final.
Fiorentina Team News
Fiorentina had a successful season last year, reaching the finals of both the Coppa Italia and the Conference League, although they ended up without any trophies in both cases. In Serie A, they secured the eighth position, but due to Juventus’ one-year ban from European competitions, Fiorentina gained an additional opportunity to compete in Europe.
This season, Vincenzo Italiano’s team has achieved commendable results, with their most significant success coming in the Italian league. After 20 rounds, they currently sit in fourth place with 34 points, a position that ensures direct qualification for the group stage of the Champions League.
In the last round, they played to a 2-2 draw at home against Udinese. Considering they have suffered only one defeat in their last 11 matches, with seven victories and three draws, it can be said that Fiorentina approaches this encounter with a lot of optimism.
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Napoli vs Fiorentina H2H
In the previous five encounters between these two teams, Fiorentina has secured three victories, Napoli has won once, and one match ended in a draw.
Injuries and suspensions
Napoli: Jens Cajuste, Alex Meret, Natan and Mathias Olivera are injured, Victor Osimhen and Frank Anguissa will not play due to obligations in the national selection, while Piotr Zielinski is questionable for this match.
Fiorentina: Gaetano Castrovilli, Dodo and Nicolas Gonzalez are injured, while Christian Kouame will not play due to obligations in the national selection.
Napoli vs Fiorentina Prediction
Napoli is currently experiencing a significant dip in form, with just one victory in their last five matches. Their recent struggles include a four-game goalless streak, with the exception of the match against Salernitana, the weakest team in Serie A this season.
On the other hand, Fiorentina has been displaying strong performances and has suffered only one defeat in the last 11 matches across all competitions. Considering that Victor Osimhen will not be playing for Napoli in Riyadh due to national team commitments, and the current Italian champions are a different team with and without him in the lineup, it’s reasonable to believe that Fiorentina is much closer to securing a victory in Thursday’s Super Cup.
Kick-off Time: Thursday, 18.01.2024. 10:00 PM Local time GMT +3 / 20:00 CET
Prediction: AH2 (0)
Odds (when tipped): 2.10