This weekend we have a cracking Friday night fixture to look forward to in Serie A as Fiorentina host Juventus at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. Fiorentina start this match in 11th place and still have an outside chance of making into the Europa League qualifying places. A win in this match would certainly enhance their credentials and keep them well clear of the relegation zone. Juventus are second in the table, 1 point behind Serie A leaders Napoli. However, they have developed a cushion over the sides below them, meaning the title race is between just two teams.
Fiorentina picked up a much-needed win last weekend as they defeated Bologna 2-1 away from home. This was a big result for Stefano Pioli’s team who had gone 4 Serie A matches without a win and tasted a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of relegation threatened Hellas Verona a week earlier. The home fans will be hoping for a much-improved performance in this game.
The win over Bologna was Fiorentina’s first in 6 matches in all competitions and they have won only 1 of their last 6 home Serie A games, which was against Sassuolo back at the start of December. While winning games has been a problem for Fiorentina recently, they have been tough to beat at home, losing only 4 of their previous 30 Serie A matches at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Juventus dished out a huge thrashing to Sassuolo at home last weekend in Serie A, scoring 7 goals without reply. Sassuolo are a team on the slide but nobody expected such a huge win and it was a great boost to Juventus’ goal difference.
Juventus are on a fantastic run of form and have won each of their last 10 games in all competitions.
While they scored plenty of goals last weekend, it’s the defence which has been performing well and they have kept 9 clean sheets across those 10 games, conceding just a single goal. Max Allegri’s team have lost just 1 of their last 15 Serie A matches and are undefeated in their last 10 in the league. Juventus have won their last 5 away games in succession, scoring 10 goals and conceding only one.
Fiorentina come into this game without any serious injury concerns or suspensions. Pioli may opt to keep the same starting XI from the win over Bologna last weekend, which would mean a 4-3-3 formation. Juventus are still without central defender Benedikt Howedes and he has been joined on the treatment table by Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado.
Top Betting Tips
Juventus are on a charge as they aim to move above Napoli at the top of Serie A and despite being at home, Fiorentina have not shown enough consistency this season to stop them. Juventus are 10/11 to win the match with William Hill. However, Fiorentina have been scoring goals recently and have found the back of the net in each of their last 6 Serie A games. Juventus to win and both teams to score is 17/5 with Ladbrokes.
Juventus striker, Gonzalo Higuain has found his form in recent weeks and has netted 5 goals in his last three matches in all competitions. The Argentine is 3/1 with Ladbrokes to open the scoring in this game.