Fiorentina vs Juventus
Italian Serie A
Date: Friday, 9th February 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi (Florence).
Lethal Juventus eye top spot in Serie A when they take the short trip to Fiorentina for Friday night fixture.
Juve produced a brilliant display to thrash Sassuolo 7-0 last week and register their biggest victory in all competitions this season. That also took their winning streak to 7 matches in Serie A and 10 matches without a defeat. The Old Lady is firing from all cylinders at the moment, with their defense also playing a vital role in those results. The back four led by Giorgio Chiellini had let in just 1 goal in those 10 outings, making them the best defensive side since December.
The hosts Fiorentina are encountering difficult times in their campaign, but they are handed a boost after the narrow 2-1 win at Bologna last weekend. That was their first win after a barren run of four matches and their third win in 13 matches.
Besides, Fiorentina had also struggled to come to the party in home games. They are coming on the back of a four match win-less run and were thrashed mercilessly by the relegation candidates Verona (1-4) in the latest outing at the Artemio Franchi.
Fiorentina vs Juventus: Head-to-head
Last season, Fiorentina bagged a 2-1 win in the corresponding fixture. But, that remains to be their only win against Juve in all competitions and venue since 2015. A period of 7 matches with the remaining 6 matches won by Juventus.
Fiorentina vs Juventus: Prediction
There are little positives to take from Fiorentina’s current form and they must do extremely well to avoid a battering from the hands of inform Juventus.
A lot of punters will be having their eyes lit up by finding that five of the last six meetings between the sides saw both teams scoring. But I like to differ in this aspect as Fiorentina are a side struggling for goals. While Juve’s defense is nothing but the best in Serie A this season. All these stats throw lights to a one sided affair and Juve to win with a clean sheet is the most likely scenario.