Fiorentina vs Napoli by DamirJ
Fiorentina shoowed very good character last weekend away to "Bentegodi" defeated Chievo with the result of 2:1, although the visitors stood back in the scoreline from 13th minute with a goal from Cesar. However, they equalized just before the halftime whistle with a goal from Cuadrado, while the second goal of the same player sealed their final victory in 64th minute.
It was their third consecutive victory in all competitions, also staying undefeated in last six official matches. Coach Montella has said that he only wants to see his team performing well and winning, however it was obvious in the interview that he respects Napoli a lot and that he understands that there is certain quality difference between the players of two teams. Still, he added that Rossi and Higuain are two great players in this game and that he expects many goals, saying that the team will try to play as straight as possible, searching for goals. Central defender Rodriguez (9/1) is suspended for tonight's game, while injured and sidelined remain: striker Gomez (3/2) who returned to training sessions, but is still not fit, midfielder Ilicic (3/0) and defensive midfielder Ambrossini (6/1). New loss for the home team is back Hernandez (5/1). Hosts should field up a team in 4-3-3 formation with Cuadrado, Rossi and Joaquin leading their attack.
Napoli, on the other side, managed to get a 2:0 victory over Torino last weekend with a bit of help from referee who whistled two almost non-existent penalties for the home side, team that was way more superior on the field anyway. With this victory, Napoli remained with five points difference in comparison to leading Roma.
Coach Rafa Benitez has said that they are at the crucial point of the season as many teams are searching for points and the race for Champions League is getting tougher and tougher. Game against Viola is important for them, as both teams like to play with ball possession and score with ease. Adding that Viola is very effective in set-pieces and have many quality players. He also added that he is happy with his team, although he would like to be more effective in the opportunities they create. Left back/midfielder Zuniga (4/0) is injured, same as central defender Britos (6/1), while stopper Cannavaro (4/0) returns to the starting lineup. 4-2-3-1 should be formation of the visiting side, with Higuain being alone at the top of attack.
Great match is expected at "Artemio Franchi" as Fiorentina is getting into the right form just before this game. Napoli on the other side has demonstrated a lot of time that they are very powerful offensively and should surely score a couple of goals too.