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Prediction: Fiorentina vs Juventus

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 24 Apr 2021

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Verdict: Both teams to score

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

Desperate to turn their attention back to matters on the pitch, Juventus will make the trip to The Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday afternoon when they face off against Fiorentina.

Fiorentina

Starting with the hosts, while they might have had to ride a late wave away at Verona earlier in the week, Fiorentina would have been glad to have finally put their woeful run behind them. Eventually leaving The Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi with a hard-fought 2-1 win to show for their troubles, La Viola also snatched their first Serie A victory since March 13th. Managing to widen their buffer over the drop zone to five points and desperate to extend on their top-flight status after another worrying campaign in Florence, Giuseppe Iachini’s side have gained a reputation for their rather glaring issues at the back. Once again failing to record a clean sheet on their travels in midweek, Fiorentina have not seen their defence go unbreached in any of their previous nine contests. While The Purples might be looking for back-to-back victories for the first time since the end of October, they have shown a string of problems on home soil. Including back-to-back 3-2 defeats at The Stadio Artemio Franchi, Sunday’s hosts have collected just a single point from their last four home fixtures.

Team News

After serving a one-match ban, key defender Nikola Milenkovic is set to make his return this weekend.

However, both Aleksandr Kokorin and Borja Valero have both been ruled out and will not feature on Sunday.

Juventus

As for the visitors, after getting hit with that 1-0 defeat against Atalanta last weekend, there is no doubt that The Old Lady would have been hugely relieved to have made an immediate return to winning ways in midweek. All but relinquishing their Serie A crown to runaway leaders Inter Milan, I Bianconeri have their sights simply set on making sure that they don’t miss out on a Champions League spot for next season. Dealing with a string of high-profile issues behind the scenes over the past week, Head Coach Andrea Pirlo will be desperate to focus on their on-field duties. Making the trip to The Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday holding a two-point buffer from dropping out of the top-four, Juventus were last seen earlier in the week picking up a 3-1 victory against Parma on home soil. Looking to prove that their defeat against La Dea last weekend was just a minor blip, it should be highlighted that Pirlo’s men have shown some extended issues on the road. Remarkably, Juventus have won just one of their previous six matchups on their travels.

Team News

After missing Juventus’ midweek victory against Parma, midfielder Federico Chiesa looks set to once again miss out this weekend due to a hamstring issue.

However, Sunday’s guests should be boosted by the return of both Merih Demiral and attacking talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off in Turin earlier in the season, Fiorentina picked up a shock 3-0 romp.
    • However, Sunday’s hosts have picked up just a single point from their last four Serie A matchups on home soil.
    • Juventus have managed to win just one of their previous six away fixtures across all formats.
    • Each of La Viola’s last eight straight contests have finished with both teams finding the net.
    • Likewise, seven of Juventus’ last nine matchups have also finished with both teams finding the net.

    Conclusion

    While Juventus might have managed to land that 3-1 romp against Parma earlier in the week, the soon-to-be-former Italian champions have gained a reputation for their issues on the road. With just a single win to their name outside of Turin in any of their last six attempts, we could have a lively meeting on our hands once again this weekend. Looking to collect back-to-back Serie A wins for the first time since October, Fiorentina are another side that have continued to show a host of inconsistencies this season. Suffering back-to-back 3-2 defeats on home soil and with just a single point at The Stadio Artemio Franchi in their last four contests, it should also be highlighted that The Purples have seen each of their last eight matchups finish with both teams finding the net.

    Verdict: Both teams to score

    Best Odds: 7/10

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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