Fiorentina vs Napoli Prediction & Match Preview

Photo by Nicolò Campo

We have got a truly enticing game here as Fiorentina vs Napoli takes place on Saturday. This is Matchday 1 of Serie A and the excitement is palpable. This match will lay the groundwork for what we can expect from the season. Fiorentina are a much improved side this year but do they have what it takes to earn 3 points against a quality side like Napoli? We will have to wait and see as this fixture is sure to be a fantastic match.

Fiorentina vs Napoli Prediction & Match Preview

Saturday, August 24 – 14:45 EST – Artemio Franchi

Fiorentina have gone through a transitional period during the offseason. A huge message of intent has been transmitted to their Italian competition. Club hierarchy have refused numerous big money bids for star forward Federico Chiesa. Chiesa has committed his future to the club and management has decided to build their team around him. On top of keeping Chiesa they improved the squad quality and depth with numerous signings. They have brought in the likes of Boateng, Pol Lirola, Badelj, Saponara, Pulgar and Ribéry. Many of these players were poached from fellow Serie A clubs. This not only weakens your competition, it also allows for your signings to get up to speed much quicker. They know and understand the league tactics. Ultimately, it will be up to manager Montella to get the best out of his new as well as returning footballers.

Napoli have ambitions of dethroning Juventus who have been crowned champions for 8 years in a row. Napoli must be frustrated at this point. They must put this frustration to good use and Ancelotti is just the experienced manager who can take them to the top. The Italian league is increasing in quality. With this increase in quality comes an increase in finances. Italian clubs can now bring in quality players without having to balance the finances and see quality depart. Napoli’s best eleven will look similar to last year. Their improvement has come in adding depth. Diawara and Lozano are two players with the quality to take over matches. Lozano in particular will be looking to take the next step in his career. Ancelotti can bring out the best in him and turn him into an established star.