Fiorentina vs Pandurii by Rostick
Pandurii surprised everybody reaching this stage of Europa League. A lowly team from Romania, the visitors managed to take advantage of the romanian giants' financial problems and achieve a 2nd place finish last year. They sold some players but also brought in star attacking midfielder Eric, so they are still a decent side this year. Currently 4th in Liga 1, Pandurii defeated teams like Hapoel Tel Aviv or Braga to reach the group stage, where they lost at home to Dnepr (0-1) and made a draw with Pacos Ferreira in Portugal (1-1). Pandurii was particularly impressive on the road so far in europe, actually being undefeated in 4 away games against Levadia Tallin, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Braga and Pacos. Still, Pandurii will face the toughest opposition by far today and they really don`t have the required quality to challenge a team like Fiorentina.
Ilicic, Gomez, Hegazy, Ambrosini, Pizzaro and Rebic are out for La Viola. Pandurii is without Paulinho and Predescu.
A very important factor for this bet is that Montella stated he respects Pandurii and he will approach this match with the best first 11 available, not resting any players.
Fiorentina: Neto – Tomovic, Compper, Savic, Alonso – Cuadrado, Aquilani, Borja Valero – Ryder Matos, Rossi, Joaquin
Pandurii: Mingote – Ungurusan, Christou, Erico, Momcilovic, – Anton, Breeveld – Buleica, Eric, Nicoara – Matulevicius
Pandurii has been decent so far in Europe but they have their limits. They are a poor team at this level coming from a very poor league, and a focused Fiorentina side should impose its superiority today. Pandurii was outclassed at home by Dnipro, they could have also lost in Portugal against Pacos, an indicative that this level is a tad too high for them. Note that the visitors conceded in 5 of their last 6 european games, and also concede more than one goal per game in Romania. Since Firenze will play with the first team hoping to extend their lead in this group, you have to expect a dominant win for La Viola, similar to what they did against Pacos.
Things are pretty simple here and my call for this one is 3-0 for the home side. Maximum stakes are justified and called for in my opinion.
|Fiorentina (-1,5)||Marathonbet||2.04||10||3-0 WON (+10.4 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.