ACF Fiorentina plays SSC Napoli on August 25, 2019, at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence, Italy.

“Soccer" Fiorentina

ACB Fiorentina was founded by a merger in 1926 and have played the majority of their history in Serie A, the top flight of Italian football. This squad has won two Italian championships, six Coppa Italia Cup trophies, and one Supercoppa Italiana title. In Europe, they won the UEFA Winners Cup once in 1961 and runners-up in the 1957 European Cup where they lost to Real Madrid. The La Viola is one of 14 European teams that have appeared in the finals of the three major continental competitions: the Champions League, Cup Winners Cup, and UEFA Cup.

These are the players on Fiorentina’s roster as of August 9, 2019:

1 GK Pietro Terracciano, 3 DF Cristiano Biraghi, 4 DF Nikola Milenkovic, 5 MF Milan Badelj, 6 DF Luca Ranieri, 7 MF Erick Pulgar, 8 Gaetano Castrovilli, 9 FW Giovanni Simeone, 10 FW Kevin-Prince Boateng, 11 FW Ricardo Sottil, 14 MF Bryan Dabo, 15 MF Sebastian Cristoforo, 17 DF Federico Ceccherini, 19 MF Tofol Montiel, 20 German Pezzella, 21 DF Pol Lirola, 23 DF Lorenzo Venuti, 24 Marco Benassi, 25 FW Federico Chiesa, 27 MF Szymon Zurkowski, 28 FW Dusan Vlahovic, 32 Jacob Rasmussen, 69 GK Bartlomiej Dragowski, 93 DF Aleksa Terzic

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“Soccer" Napoli

Societa Sportiva Napoli or S.S.C. Napoli was founded in 1926 but saw little success early in its history. Napoli won just one Coppa Italia until 1965 and it wasn’t until the 80s with Diego Maradona when they won several trophies. But after Maradona left, the squad struggled, was relegated and suffered financial problems. Film producer Aurelio De Laurentis refounded the club in 2004 and stabilized the club and put it back on the football map. Under Carlo Ancelotti last season, Napoli finished second in the Serie A final table. The runners-up enter this game as the soccer betting favorite over Fiorentina.

Here is the player on the side of Napoli as of August 4, 2019:

1 GK Alex Meret, 2 DF Kevin Malcuit, 5 MF Allan, 6 DF Mario Rui, 7 MF Jose Callejon, 8 MF Fabian Ruiz, 9 MF Simone Verdi, 11 FW Adam Ounas, 12 MF Elif Elmas, 13 DF Sebastiano Luperto, 14 FW Dries Mertens, 19 DF Nikola Maksimovic, 20 MF Piotr Zielinski, 21 DF Vlad Chiriches, 22 DF Giovanni de Lorenzo, 23 DF Elseid Hysaj, 24 FW Lorenzo Insigne, 25 GK David Ospina, 26 DF Kalidou Koulibaly, 27 GK Orestis Karnezis, 31 DF Faouzi Ghoulam, 34 MF Amin Younes, 44 DF Kostas Manolas, 70 MF Gianluca Gaetano, 99 FW Arkadiusz Milik

“Soccer" Who Wins?

After a slow start to their transfer market activities, Fiorentina has signed Kevin-Prince Boateng, Pol Lirola, Milan Badelj, and Erick Pulgar who are all expected to be part of their starting XI this season. With those additions, Vincenzo Montella is going to boast a new midfield and some exciting combinations. However, these new pieces need more time to play together and that could be to their disadvantage against Napoli in this matchup.

Napoli has been impressive in preseason play. The addition of Kostas Manolas is a big addition to their defense as he gets to play with Koulibaly on that side of the field. With the two, the Neapolitans are expected to be strong on defense.

On offense, they play a free-flowing and attacking brand of football. Carlo Ancelotti will be entering his second season as in charge and that should give Napoli some continuity with what they do on the football field. Ancelotti moved Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon to a more deeper central role, with the hopes of improving the connection between the midfield and defense.

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