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Serie A 2018-19, Fiorentina v Napoli: Match Preview, Team News and Predicted XI

Varun Nair
ANALYST
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222   //    09 Feb 2019, 12:07 IST

SSC Napoli needs another win if they are to keep any slender hopes of their title challenge alive.
SSC Napoli needs another win if they are to keep any slender hopes of their title challenge alive.

Napoli travels to Florence today as they face Fiorentina in a crucial Serie A match at the Artemio Franchi.

After a rather disappointing draw away at Udinese in the weekend, La Viola returns to the Artemio Franchi for the first time since their thumping 7-1 win over the Giallorossi in the Coppa Italia.

With just seven points separating La Viola from the last Champions League spot, a win against Napoli could see them reducing the gap.

With Juventus playing a day later and going through a slight dip in form, Napoli has the chance to reduce the lead to just six points as the Gli Azzurri to keep their slender hopes of winning the Serie A alive for the first time since the days of Diego Maradona.

The last meeting between the sides ended with Gli Azzurri winning 1-0 at the San Paolo Stadium.


Team News

Fiorentina


The young defender misses out for Fiorentina due to suspension
The young defender misses out for Fiorentina due to suspension

Stefano Pioli will be without key midfielder Marco Benassi and key defender Nikola Milenkovic, missing out through injury.

Victor Hugo and Vincent Laurini will face a late fitness test ahead of the match to determine their participation in the fixture.

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Napoli

SSC Napoli is expected to be without their all-time appearance as well leading goal scorer Marek Hamsik
SSC Napoli is expected to be without their all-time appearance as well leading goal scorer Marek Hamsik

Captain and all-time record goalscorer and appearance maker, Marek Hamsik has been left out of the squad due to an ongoing transfer to China failing to materialise.

Amin Younes and Vlad Chirches are also expected to miss out along with Raul Albiol who still yet to recover from injury.


Probable Lineup

Fiorentina(4-3-3): Lafont; Laurini, Pezzella, Hugo, Biraghi; Gerson, Fernandes, Veretout; Chiesa, Muriel, Pjaca

Napoli(4-4-2): Meret; Hysaj, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Rui; Callejon, Fabian, Allan, Zielinski; Mertens, Insigne.

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