Fiorentina v Napoli – Stadio Artemio Franchi at 17:00 Live at BT Sport
Not since the days of Maradona has Napoli known times like these.
A crowd of 10,000 fans waited for the Partenopei to arrive back at Naples’ airport at 1.30 a.m. following their momentous, and possibly decisive 1-0 victory away at table-topping Juventus last Sunday night.
Kalidou Koulibaly’s 90th-minute header was the only goal of a game in which Maurizio Sarri’s side was the more threatening but rarely opened up the Old Lady to create any serious opportunities to score.
Juventus still leads the way and should they claim maximum points from their final four fixtures, will be champions. However, Sunday’s triumph felt like a significant shift in momentum towards Napoli who also boasts a more manageable fixture list between now and the campaign’s conclusion.
The first of which comes this weekend when the Partenopei takes a tricky trip to Florence to face Fiorentina. No doubt the psychological impact of the Juventus win will give Sarri’s side a major confidence boost but their recent road record in Serie A is also commanding of respect.
Napoli’s excellent away record
The visitors have won all bar four of their 17 unbeaten away days this season, whilst Napoli has also silenced their hosts in seven of their most recent eight games as guests. Unsurprisingly, goals have been shy due to their more solid approach to matches outside of their San Paulo home.
The Partenopei boasts the league’s best defense on their travels – shipping just eight goals across those 17 encounters – and when travelling to teams inside the top-nine, Napoli has leaked a solitary strike in six, keeping clean sheets on five occasions.
Under 2.5 Goals has paid out in seven of their eight road trips and a repeat seems reasonably priced at 1.71, especially so as Fiorentina has followed suit in seven of their eight showdowns with sides above them in the Serie A standings.
Fiorentina’s recent run
Following the tragic death of captain Davide Astori, La Viola enjoyed a remarkable run of results, wining each of their first five in the immediate aftermath. However, the emotional excursions appear to be catching up on the club as we enter the final furlong.
Fiorentina has gained a solitary point from their past three outings, picking up a point against struggling Spal and losing to Lazio and Sassuolo. The hosts have failed to score in two of those tussles and might not have the firepower or creative nous to hurt a Napoli side focussed on the Scudetto on Sunday.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 2.5 Goals at 2.120