- Aakash Mishra
Napoli vs Fiorentina Live in Coppa Italia: Preview, Squad News and Dream 11 Prediction. The Round of 16 of the Coppa Italia is here. Naples will welcome Viola at home. On paper, it is the most exciting clash of the Round of 16. There will be only one thing on the mind of Napoli and Fiorentina and that will be a qualification.
This season Napoli started very brightly. However, it looks like fatigue seems to have caught hold of them. The Serie A title looks out of reach for the time being. But a Coppa Italia victory will sweeten the season. As for Fiorentina, they have made a lot of progress this season.
Last season they finished 13th in the table. They had just 40 points. This season they have already managed to get 32 points. So far, they have played 19 games. Therefore, Viola would want to replicate the league form in the cup game as well. Fiorentina would want to show that they are ready to take on the big players of Italian football.
Despite their good form, Napoli are still the favourite for the game. They will look to move the ball quickly in order to create spaces. It will be up to Viola as to how they stop these transitions. They have to manage to constantly interrupt these transitions. If they can cause a lot of problems to the home side.
Luciano Spalletti’s side are going through some covid crises right now. Fabian Ruiz and Victor Osimhen both are ruled out with covid. Kevin Malcuit is also out injured. The likes of Kalidou Koulibaly and Hirving Lozano have tested positive for COVID-19.
Sofyan Amrabat is on national duty for the African Cup of Nations. Apart from that, there are no injury or covid concerns for Viola.
David Ospina; Faouzi Ghoulam, Juan Jesus, Amir Rrahmani, Giovanni Di Lorenzo; Stanislav Lobotka, Piotr Zielinski, Diego Demme; Lorenzo Insigne, Matteo Politano, Dries Mertens.
Pietro Terracciano; Alvaro Odriozola, Nikola Milenkovic, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Aleksa Terzic; Giacomo Bonaventura, Lucas Torreira, Alfred Duncan; Nicolas Gonzalez, Dusan Vlahovic, Aleksandr Kokorin.
The two managers have locked horns only once. Spalletti emerged victorious out of that battle.
The Italian international surprised everyone with his decision to join Canadian side Toronto FC. Napoli fans will be hoping that he is also able to surprise the Fiorentina defenders. With Naples switching the ball quickly, it will be up to him how he uses the space to create chances.
The Serbian international was in stunning form last year. He would hope to continue the same this year as well. With Viola likely to play on counterattacks, he will have to hold off the Napoli defenders in order to create spaces for others. Not only this, he will have to be very clinical in front of the goal with Napoli likely to score.
GOALKEEPER: David Ospina
DEFENDERS: Faouzi Ghoulam, Juan Jesus, Nikola Milenkovic, Aleksa Terzic
MIDFIELDERS: Lorenzo Insigne, Giacomo Bonaventura, Piotr Zielinski, Lucas Torreira
ATTACKERS: Dusan Vlahovic, Dries Mertens
Napoli have enough strength and quality to see this off. Fiorentina are likely to try hard and they will be difficult to beat. However, Luciano Spalletti side are a level above the visitors.
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