Parma vs Fiorentina by JerryDrake
Fiorentina (overall balance: 13-5-6, 43/26, away: 6-2-4, 17/9, the best away defense together with Roma) have now 44 points: 6 less than Napoli and the Champions League zone and 5 more than Inter. They eliminated Udinese in the Coppa Italia semifinals and will play the final in Rome against Napoli. Moreover, the Viola are still alive in the Europa League where they won the first leg in Denmark against Esbjerg 3-1.
These teams have met 19 times at Stadio Tardini in Parma: 6 wins for Parma, 9 draws and 4 wins for Fiorentina. The last 4 meetings finished all with a draw.
The readers who usually follow my previews will already know what is my opinion about Fiorentina. I repeat it once again: they are doing well since years and Della Valle will want to win his first title as Fiorentina president soon. Coach Vincenzo Montella offered a fascinating play with a high number of quality players in the midfield.
Parma surprised me as I did not expect them to achieve such a long series of positive results. I think that Fiorentina will be a little tired after playing in many competitions at the same time. The home team will want to remain as closed as possible to the top places.
As I often wrote so much about all single Fiorentina players, I dedicate this preview to some Parma ones. Goalkeeper Mirante is one of the best goalkeepers in Italy, defender Cassani was an important player at Roma, Argentinian central defender Paletta has also the Italian nationality and he has good chances to play with the Italian national team in Brazil. The other defender Lucarelli always offered a good solidity to the defense and sometimes also scores headers. Molinaro played with Juventus in a bad period where he lost the chances to continue his adventure in Turin. Same for Marchionni. Parolo is also one of the midfield players who could play the World Cup. You all know Gargano as he played some good seasons with Napoli and above all you know Biabiany, a player that many teams continously try to sign.
Brazilian striker Amauri is also well know. We are already used to see him scoring incredibly difficult goals and experiencing then months without scoring a single one. Still, if he is fit and self-confident, he is difficult to stop. In the mid of so many good players we finally have also the fantasy one: Antonio Cassano. His limit is the fact that he is satisfied with what he achieves and he never tried to make steps forward by training better or working on his personality.
I usually back Fiorentina but after their loss in Cagliari and then again at home with Inter, I see them losing also in Parma, a team which is playing much better than Cagliari and Inter. And here another statistics that made me decide to take high but calculated risks: Fiorentina has never lost by more than one goal this season in Serie A, not at home nor in their away games. I bet on Parma to win by more than one.
My correct score: 3-1 (HT 2-0) Amauri, Amauri, Cassano, Gomez
Bet: Parma EH-1, odds: 5.25 Betsson, stake: 5/10
Parma (3-5-2): Mirante, Cassani, Paletta, Lucarelli, Biabiany, Gargano, Marchionni, Parolo, Molinaro, Amauri, Cassano. Reserves: Pavarini, Bajza, Rossini, Galloppa, Gobbi, Schelotto, Mauri, Munari, Palladino, Cerri, Pozzi. Trainer: Donadoni
Fiorentina (3-5-1-1): Neto, Tomovic, Rodriguez, Savic, Cuadrado, Aquilani, Pizarro, Borja Valero, Pasqual, Ilicic, Matri. Reserves: Rosati, Lupatelli, Diakité, Roncaglia, Compper, Mati Fernandez, Vargas, Ambrosini, Anderson, Joaquin, Matos, Gomez. Trainer: Montella
Injured: Hegazi, G.
|Parma EH-1||Betsson||5.25||5||2-2 LOST (-5 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.