With Roma not in action until Thursday, Rafael Benitez’s side can close the gap at the top of the table to two points with victory in Tuscany, but are slight outsiders at 9/5 (2.80) with bet365 to come out on top.
The Viola secured a famous 4-2 win over rivals Juventus in their last league game on home soil and are available at 6/4 (2.50) to take maximum points once again in this one.
Four of the last six meetings between these sides have resulted in draws and you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them sharing the spoils this time out.
Vincenzo Montella’s men produced one of the games of the Italian season so far with their exhilarating win over the champions in their last domestic home game, scoring four times without reply in the second half after going in two goals down at the break to earn a first home win over Juventus in 15 years.
While that clash will be hard to top in terms of drama, it is reasonable to expect plenty more goalmouth action at the Artemio Franchi this evening when two of the league’s top scorers go head-to-head.
Only Roma and Inter have scored more goals than Wednesday’s opponents and the Partenopei will be confident of causing problems for a home defence with just two clean sheets to their name in the last 18 league games in front of their own fans, having struck at least twice in 12 of their last 15 Serie A fixtures
However, Fiorentina’s men are not undefeated in 25 of their last 27 home league games for nothing and it is hard to see either backline emerging unscathed this evening.
A bet on over 2.5 goals would have paid out in 10 of the hosts’ 14 competitive matches this season and must be where the smart money lies when they take on high-scoring Napoli, at odds of 17/20 (1.85).
|Over 2.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at 17/20 (1.85) with bet365
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