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Prediction: Fiorentina vs Genoa

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 13 Apr 2024

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Verdict: Fiorentina win

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Dachbet

Desperate to claim a crucial Serie A boost on Monday night, Fiorentina will welcome Genoa to the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Fiorentina

Starting with the hosts, while Fiorentina might have opened the New Year with their sights set on mounting a dramatic late top-four charge, the Viola have drastically struggled with their consistency in 2024. Failing to pick up a Europa Conference League advantage over in the Czech Republic on Thursday as they eventually had to settle for a 0-0 stalemate against Plzen, Vincenzo Italiano’s men have quickly come tumbling down the Serie A standings. Despite marking their return from March’s international break with a hard-fight 1-0 victory against Europa League quarter-finalists Atalanta, the Tuscany-based outfit have remarkably recorded just a pair of wins from any of their previous 15 domestic appearances. With their extended domestic wobble stemming all the way back to December 29th, Fiorentina will certainly have plenty of pressure on their shoulders when they return to home soil here.

Team News

Ahead of Monday’s showdown at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, Fiorentina have reported a clean bill of health and have no fresh injury concerns to worry about here. Missing out away at Plzen last week, veteran midfielder Giacomo Bonaventure could be handed a full recall in Tuscany.

Despite notching just a single goal across any competition since completing a January loan switch from Roma, 30-year-old Andrea Belotti should spearhead the Viola’s charge. Former Lille midfielder Jonathan Ikone could make just a second start since the start March.

Genoa

As for the visitors, managing to make what was a crucial return to winning ways last week as they clinched a 2-1 victory against Verona, some in Genoa’s camp could be smelling the chance to make a real statement here. Skyrocketing themselves away from a looming relegation scrap and now sat firmly in the driving seat to keep hold of their Serie A status, the Griffins are now hoping to find some late stability. Heading into March’s international break with an action-packed 3-2 defeat at home against Monza, Monday’s guests have won just a pair of their previous nine top-flight appearances. Despite potentially smelling an opportunity here, Genoa will certainly be concerned by their most recent showdown against the Viola. Suffering a 4-1 drumming when the two sides last met back on August 19th, they have also lost their last three meetings against Fiorentina by an aggregate score of 12-2.

Team News

Missing out away at Verona last week and suffering from a recent thigh injury, former Atalanta star Ruslan Malinovsky remains a doubt on Monday night. Likewise, all still dealing with respective issues, Genoa will travel to Tuscany without Giorgio Cittadini and Uruguayan starlet Alan Matturro.

However, after serving a one-match suspension, 24-year-old Mateo Retegui could be handed a full return here. Completing a January loan switch from Tottenham, Djed Spence will likely have to settle for another spot on the bench.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Fiorentina and Genoa met for their reverse Serie A meeting on August 19th, the Viola picked up a 4-1 romp at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
    • Likewise, Fiorentina have won all of their previous three meetings against Genoa by an aggregate score of 12-2.
    • Monday’s hosts have claimed just two wins from any of their previous 12 Serie A appearances – a rut that stems back to December 29th.
    • Genoa’s 2-1 victory against Verona last week drew a line under their four-match Serie A winless run.
    • Fiorentina have lost just a pair of their previous 15 matchups at the Stadio Artemio Franchi across all competitions.

    Conclusion

    Continuing to show a string of issues since opening up the New Year, Fiorentina will certainly have plenty of pressure on their shoulders here. Desperate to find a crucial domestic boost on Monday night and with plenty of pressure mounting on Italiano’s shoulders, the Viola will be excited by a rampant record against Genoa. Winning all of their previous three meetings against the Griffins by an aggregate score of 12-2, we are backing a home victory in Tuscany.

    Verdict: Fiorentina win

    Best Odds: 19/20

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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