Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Prediction: Fiorentina v Juventus

Verdict: Juventus win

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: bet365

Juventus are coming into this game as favourites and rightly so. Juventus sit on top of the Seria A League table on 45 points , 4 points clear of Roma. However, Juventus with this game in hand can extend their advantage to 7 points. The home team are currently placed 9th in the table and have only lost 1 of their 5 games at home, while Juventus have lost 2 of their last 5 games away. However, sit a massive 18 points ahead of their rivals and they consequently go into the game as strong favourites.

Fiorentina

Fiorentina have been in great form at home and most recently defeated Chievo in the Coppa Italia 1-0. However, the last time Fiorentina won against Juventus came in the Coppa Italia 2014/2015 season. Their last league win against Juventus came in the 2013/2014. Therefore, Fiorentina will be looking to end the bad run against their Italian rivals and get a much needed win which would see them climb the table even further. Fiorentina, though have a pretty abysmal record against the league leaders in recent years having only beaten them twice in the past 6 seasons. It will once again be a tough task for manager Paulo Sousa.

Team News

Fiorentina will be without Borja Valero for the game. However, he is the only injury concern. Paulo Sousa has a full squad to pick from apart from the midfielder.

Juventus

The defending Seria A champions haven’t lost a game domestically since their shock 3-1 away defeat to Genoa and they will be looking to extend their run this weekend when they travel to the Stadio Artemio Franchi to clash with 9th place Fiorentina. In their last league game Max Allergi’s troops comfortably defeated Bologna 3-0 and will be looking for their fifth league win in a row. The attack is very strong with striker Higuain, Dybala and Croatian international Mario Mandzukic all battling it out for two places up front as the preferred formation from the manager is normally is 3-5-2. If Juventus leave Tuscany with all three points, they will stay at least four points clear of their title chasing counterparts, Roma, who travel to Udinese.

Team News

Juventus will be without Brazilian Dani Alves as he continues to recover from a fractured leg. Alex Sandro and Federico Mattielo could both return to the bench, but they aren’t ready to start. Swiss international Stephan Lichtsteiner is suspended.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last 9 home games
  • Juventus have won their last four games
  • Juventus have scored at least 1 goal in their last 3 away games
  • Fiorentina have scored at least one goal in their last five home games
  • Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has averaged a goal every 103 minutes in the Seria A this season.

Conclusion

Current home form predicts that Fiorentina may cause an upset. However, as we discussed above they have failed to beat Juventus since 2013/2014 in the league. Fiorentina are currently in 9th place in the league table, while Juventus are ranked 1st. Therefore, this is why we have chosen Juventus to win at odds of 4/5 with Bet 365.

Verdict: Juventus win

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: bet365

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