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Banker of the Week: Fiorentina vs. Napoli Preview and Betting Picks

Banker of the Week: Fiorentina vs. Napoli Preview and Betting Picks
Cagliari's Uruguayan defender Diego Godin (R) holds back Napoli's Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen. (Photo by Carlo Hermann / AFP)

Red hot Napoli are enjoying a flawless start to the season. Victor Osimhen continued his impressive goalscoring form to inspire Napoli to a routine 2-0 win over Cagliari and consolidate their spot at the top of the Serie A table. More to come from the leaders?

Fiorentina vs. Napoli

Sunday, October 03, 2021 – 12:00 PM EDT at Stadio Artemio Franchi

What a superb run of form from Napoli. Unbeaten across all competitions, Napoli have a perfect Serie A record: 6 games, 6 wins, 16 goals scored, and just 2 conceded. Just brilliant… They have the 2nd best attack in their domestic league, after Inter, and their striker Victor Osimhen netted 4 goals in the last 3 games. taking his tally to six in all competitions in September.

He’s a really strong player with an incredible pace, hard to catch in open space, and clinical in front of the net. If he stays fit, he will definitely fight for the Capocannoniere award (highest goalscorer of the season). Not just him, but all players are working with great dedication, winning mentality, and confidence.

The fans are behind them showing them great support and love. But this is just the beginning, and they are yet to play many tough games, but the attitude, personality, and commitment are there. They still need to add some extra players in the winter transfer window because their bench is not at the same level as the starting XI.

On the other side, despite a 3-1 home defeat to Inter, Vincenzo Italiano's men remain in a good position, and they immediately bounced back, beating Udinese 1-0 and consolidating their 6th spot in the standings. The hosts always pose a big threat when Dusan Vlahovic is around.

A team that finished well below mid-table last season has been transformed into an exciting force by Vincenzo Italiano. The Viola have started this season with nine points in the opening four rounds, something they hadn’t achieved since 2015-16. Without changing much in terms of personnel, Italiano switched the attitude and shape of the teams because the quality has always been there. He isn’t afraid to move players to new roles, something not common for other managers.

He implemented with success the high pressing, fiercely chasing the ballcarrier, trying to keep his opponents off-balance. If you remember last season, Fiorentina were bringing the ball in the box mostly by crosses. That change this term, with Italiano trying to play more straight-forward with passes behind the opposition backline and with many shots from distance.

This should definitely be a high-scoring affair. Napoli are on fire; Fiorentina are very consistent and should contribute on the scoreboard. Who’s winning? Of course, Napoli enter this clash with the 1st chance, but let’s not forget they must play Spartak Moscow on Thursday. True, they had no problem after the 1st Europa League match, winning 3 games since then and keeping 3 clean sheets in the process. They will probably rotate the team on Thursday and rest some of their key players, but we will skip the winners market.