Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Napoli and Fiorentina square off against each other at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of the weekend. The Neapolitans quickly bounced back from an embarrassing 2-1 loss to ten-man Spezia, with the team beating Udinese on the road on Matchday 18. Genaro Gattuso’s men aim to keep their Scudetto hopes alive, and we are positive that they will go all-out attack in Sunday’s showdown.
The Viola, on the other hand, gave fans some cheer at the weekend, with the team beating Cagliari 1-0 thanks to Dusan Vlahovic’s goal. Fiorentina have been showing signs of improvement of late, but given their poor away record in the 2020/21 season, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Kostas Manolas is out of contention for the hosts after suffering a 2-1 loss to Udinese, while important defender German Pezzella should be the only absentee in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Dries Mertens):
Dries Mertens is a Belgian football player born on the 6th of May 1987 in Leuven. Mertens started his football career in the youth of RSC Anderlecht and AA Gent. In season 2005/2006 he made his debut for the first team of AA Gent.
After playing for AGOVV, FC Utrecht and PSV Mertens got transferred to Napoli for approximately 9.5 million euro. Mertens made his debut for the Belgian national team in October 2010 and played over 40 games for the national team already. Mertens played during World Cup 2014 and EURO 2016 for Belgium.
Mertens is a right attacking midfielder, which can play as a forward as well. Mertens is known for being a very small fast player, which has the ability to get past several defenders and deliver a cross to his team mates. In his career Mertens didn’t win any big prizes yet. The biggest achievements of Mertens are winning the Dutch national cup with PSV in 2011/2012, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa in 2014 with Napoli.
Highlighted Team (Fiorentina):
AC Fiorentina was founded on 29th of August in 1926 after a fusion between Libertas and CS Firenze. Currently Fiorentina is playing his home games in the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence which can accommodate 47282 supporters. The stadium was build in 1931 by Pier Luigi Nervi. De first prize ever won by Fiorentina was the CoppaItalia in the season of 1939/1940. The first Scudetto (name for the Serie A title) was in 1955/1956. One of the most important players in that season was the Brazilian Juninho. In 1996 he was rewarded as the best player in club history.
One year later Fiorentina lost the semi finals in the European Cup 1 against Real Madrid. During that period of time Fiorentina won the Europan Cup 2 against Glasgow Rangers and the Coppa Italia as well. In total Fiorentina won the league title twice.
Important football players that played for Fiorentina are: Batistuta, Baggio, Effenberg, Laudrup, Mijatovic and Rui Costa.