02 October 2021, 08:34 | 28 August 2021, 13:29
The Serie A TIM match between ACF Fiorentina and S.S.C. Napoli will take place at 17:00 (GMT+1) on Sunday, October 3, at Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Preview Fiorentina Serie A, Oct 3, 2021
Preview The Lilies picked up a 1-0 victory over Udinese on the road at the end of their visit to the Stadio Friuli last Sunday. Despite producing a single goal, it was a game of clear-cut chances which saw the opposition register 5 shots on target. Following a foul in the box which required a second look on the VAR monitor, the referee decided to award a penalty for the Purples. Dusan Vlahovic (16' P.) stepped up and converted from the 12 yards to leave Fiorentina with their 4th win of the season: WWWLW. The victory moved Fiorentina to 5th place on the table with 12 points after 4W, 0D, & 2L. The club has a goal ratio of 1.5 goals per game, so far this season, having scored 9 goals in six Serie A games. Vincenzo Italiano aims for back-to-back victories to complement last weekend's results. Should Fiorentina win this match, the Purples will have 15 points in seven Serie A matches this season. A club record in the opening seven games of a Serie A campaign in the modern era, doing so only in the 2015/16 season with 18 points under Paulo Sousa. The Lilies have also conceded 9 goals, which leaves the club with an average of 1.5 goals conceded-per-game. Vincenzo Italiano could utilize the 4—3—3 formation with the club's top scorer, Dusan Vlahovic, serving as the focal point in attack.
Preview Napoli Serie A, Oct 3, 2021
Preview Napoli will return to Serie A action following Thursday's 3-2 defeat to Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Europa League which saw Mario Rui (R. 30') sent off for the Italian side. Last weekend, the club put Cagliari aside in a 2-0 win on home soil to keep the blue patch of victories intact, WWWWW, while remaining in 1st place on the Serie A table. Napoli has 18 points from 6W, 0D, & 0L. Coach-of-the-month (September 2021) Luciano Spalletti will be on the hunt for another win on Sunday, knowing his side have the numbers capable of getting the job done against Fiorentina. Napoli has 16 goals in just six Serie A games, leaving the visitors with an average of 2.67 goals scored per game. The club has also conceded the fewest goals in the league, with two, leaving them with a G.D. of +14. Luciano Spalletti's 4—3—3 formation will see Victor Osimhen serving as the focal point of the attack once again, flanked by Hirving Lozano and Insigne. Insigne has netted nine times in 17 league meetings against the Lilies. - His most against any other team in Serie A. Stanislav Lobotka remains in doubt for this fixture.