There is a high-profile match coming up in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia as Napoli prepare to play host to Fiorentina with both teams heading into the Tuesday’s match in excellent form.
Can Anyone beat Napoli?
It’s been almost three months since Napoli suffered their last defeat. The 2-1 slump at the hands of Juventus back in October was followed by a 14-match unbeaten run in all competitions which helped Maurizio Sarri’s men gain plenty of confidence and self-belief heading into the new year and new challenges. Having secured a morale-boosting triumph at Milan last time out in the Serie A, Partenopei are switching their attention to the Cup action. The quarter-finals duel is a significantly bigger challenge than their last match in the competition and Sarri’s side is well aware that being top of the game is required in order to dispatch Viola. Napoli are coming off from the clear-cut 3-1 win over Spezia in the previous round and will be hoping for a similar outcome, which is not out of their reach.
Sarri is without a couple of first-team regulars who are participating in the Africa Cup of Nations – Omar El Kaddouri, Faouzi Ghoulam, Kalidou Koulibaly, whereas Vlad Chiriches is injured for the occasion. Striker Arkadiusz Milik has returned to training but is still long way off from making his long-awaited return to action.
Although their end to 2016 was not a particularly positive one as Fiorentina failed to win any of the last three games in December, Viola stepped up the throttle in 2017 to notch three consecutive wins in all competitions, including a morale-boosting triumph over the reigning champions Juventus. Paulo Sousa’s men built up on their 2-1 success over the Old Lady to dispatch Chievo with a compelling 3-0 away win and are now preparing for a switch of focus. Chievo were the side Viola beat in the last round of the Coppa Italia, although a trip to Napoli will now be a much bigger challenge. Last couple of matches between the two rivals have been intensely contested and Viola will be hoping to record their first win over Partenopei since 2014. Two wins over Napoli is last 15 encounters are not a promising sign though.
There is some encouraging selection news for Paulo Sousa ahead of the trip to San Paolo as there are no major issues to worry about. Bartlomiej Dragowski remains the only unavailable player for the visitors, but the goalkeeper is not the first-choice anyway.
Napoli are enjoying a positive run against Fiorentina and a fantastic spell of results overall, which makes them favourites to win on Tuesday. Fiorentina will represent a solid challenge to Sarri’s men and betting on goals could add great value to your slip.
Top Pick: Both teams to score – yes 1.75 (3/4) @Bet365
Alternative pick 1: Napoli 1.67 (4/6) @Coral
Alternative Pick 2: Over 2.5 goals 1.73 (8/11) @BetFred