High flying Napoli will hope to take advantage of the misfortunes of the traditional Serie A powers when they take on Fiorentina this Saturday at the Stadio San Paolo.
Inter Milan have been forced into another managerial switch after Gian Piero Gasperini failed to win any of his first five competitive games in charge while AC Milan are also without a win in their first three games, meaning teams like Napoli and Udinese are scrapping it out for the league lead while the traditional powers flounder.
One of AC Milan’s defeats came at the hands of Napoli through the outstanding Edinson Cavani whose season-setting hat-trick against the Rossoneri temporarily put his side top of Serie A.
That good work came undone however as the Partenopei fell to Chievo in their next fixture having drawn with Manchester City in the Champions League, and now they must get back to winning ways against a Fiorentina side who are also in the mix at the top of the table.
Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri decided to rest the likes of forward Edinson Cavani, midfielders Marek Hamšík and Gökhan İnle as well as captain Paolo Cannavaro for the game against Chievo in an attempt to give his players more time to recuperate after their Champions League exploits but paid the cost.
With another Champions League tie, this time against Villarreal just four days after the game against Fiorentina, the former Sampdoria boss may opt to take a similar risk this time round and hope it pays off this time.
Siniša Mihajlović’s side have had a tough start to their 2011/12 campaign with tricky ties against Udinese, Parma and Bologna, but have come through well and currently sit in 5th place in the league.
Now with another tricky match on their hands, Fiorentina will have to upset the odds without their main striker Alberto Gilardino, who was ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury.