Fiorentina vs Juventus Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Only a few days prior round one of the UEFA Champions League 1/8 final tie with Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus head to Florence for an important Serie A clash against Fiorentina. The Bianconeri have a wonderful opportunity to return on the Serie A peak, at least for a while, before Napoli’s home game vs third-placed Lazio on Saturday night. However, Juventus can renew its Champions League campaign being the Calcio’s leader under certain circumstances, if they scoop the whole set of points from Fiorentina and Napoli slips against Lazio in the same time.
Fiorentina have another average season as the Viola is consistent only in being inconsistent, failing to achieve back-to-back wins since October. All these unconvincing results are placing Stefano Pioli’s men 11th in the Serie A standings and also being knocked out of the Coppa Italia, where Juventus have made one huge step to the final, meanwhile.
Viola seeks first success at home turf since mid-December when they’ve eliminated Sampdoria (3-2) out of the Coppa Italia, while Fiorentina’s last home win in the Calcio was on 3rd December – 3:0 over Sassuolo. These results have been followed by three consecutive draws against Genoa, AC Milan and Inter Milan, respectively, as well as a devastating 1-4 loss to Hellas Verona in end of January.
Good news for the home side are related with fact they’ve ended a negative streak of five games without winning (2 draws, 3 defeats), when Stefano Pioli’s side won 1-2 in Bologna last weekend. That was a game where young Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic has successfully replaced suspended German Pezzella (yellow card accumulation), who is set to return as a centre-back partner of captain Davide Astori against Juventus.
Juventus achieved its 10th successive win in all competitions and extended its unbeaten run to 15 games after a seven-heaven (7-0) performance against Sassuolo. It was their biggest win of the season, inspired by Gonzalo Higuain’s hat-trick and a brace scored by Sami Khedira.
Max Allegri will probably use same 4-3-3 formation with Claudio Marchisio in midfield, who must replace injured Frenchman Blaise Matuidi, who on his turn picked up a muscle injury early in the match vs Sassuolo. Thus Matuidi joins the injury list where we also find names of Benedikt Howedes, Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, while Douglas Costa remains a doubt.
Serie A: Fiorentina vs Juventus Prediction and Betting Tips
We believe Juventus are very capable of maintaining their winning run despite all absentees. Allegri has some great names on each position and he can even afford to rest Paulo Dybala before the Champions League Round of 16, even if he’s ready to play against Fiorentina. Juve’s boss can still field a strong attacking trio with Mandzukic, Bernardeschi and Higuain on top, so we expect an inspired “Old Lady” after a terrific victory over Sassuolo.
It’s that period of the year when Juventus reminds all of us why “The Bianconeri” are those who lift the Serie A trophy in six successive years and they remain the biggest favourites, even though Napoli is topping the Calcio right now. Our betting prediction is backing the away side: Juventus to win over an unpretentious Fiorentina – 1X2 Betting.
After netting his first ever hat-trick for “La Vecchia Signora” in Juve’s 7-0 demolition of Sassuolo last weekend, Gonzalo Higuain will surely be keen to add more to his tally as he looks to score in a fourth successive Serie A fixture. Our second betting tip recommends “Gonzalo Higuain – Anytime Goalscorer“.
Possible Lineups of Fiorentina and Juventus
Venue: “Stadio Artemio Franchi”, Florence.
Referee: Marco Guida.
ACF Fiorentina: Marco Sportiello – Cristiano Biraghi, Davide Astori, German Pezzella, Vincent Laurini – Jordan Veretout, Milan Badelj, Marco Benassi – Gil Dias, Giovanni Simeone, Federico Chiesa. (4-3-3)
Juventus FC: Wojciech Szczesny – Stephan Lichtsteiner, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini, Kwadwo Asamoah – Miralem Pjanic, Claudio Marchisio, Sami Khedira – Federico Bernardeschi, Gonzalo Higuaín, Mario Mandzukic. (4-3-3)
Missing players: Benedikt Höwedes, Blaise Matuidi, Juan Cuadrado and Paulo Dybala.