Fiorentina vs Juventus by JerryDrake
Date: March 20, 2014, 19:00
Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (Italy)
In 28 games played in Serie A Juventus have been defeated only by Fiorentina: 4-2 in Florence on October 20, 2013. The other few defeats suffered by Juventus in all competitions have been in Madrid (Real Madrid - Juventus 2-1), in Istanbul (Galatasaray - Juventus 1-0) and in Rome (Roma - Juventus 1-0).
Even though Fiorentina deserved to win that game in October with a hat trick scored by Giuseppe Rossi, we shall not forget that the Bianconeri were preparing the Champions League fixture in Madrid with Real. Moreover, this time Fiorentina will not have Rossi in their line-up.
In these last days many Italian newspapers have written that Juventus are not interested in the Europa League. This kind of statements started when Conte decided to play with some reserves the first leg in Turin. I think that this thought is wrong. The Europa League final will by played in Turin this year, and by reaching and winning the final Juventus would win an important International trophy after long time.
It was in 1996 when Juventus won their last International cups. In that season Del Piero and Zidane gave Juventus a Champions League (final won against Ajax in Rome), a Intercontinental Cup (against River Plate) and a UEFA Super Cup (against Paris St. Germain).
Since then Juventus reached and lost three Champions League finals in 1997 with Borussia Dortmund, in 1998 with Real Madrid and in 2003 with Milan.
In the first leg played in Turin (result: 1-1) Juventus dominated the first half while Fiorentina got back in the second half with the return of German striker Mario Gomez. Fiorentina played a perfect game and, under those conditions, playing in Turin without their best player (Rossi), they could not do better than that.
I really doubt that Fiorentina can achieve another positive result tonight. True that there are no other clubs in Italy which consider Juventus as their enemy like Fiorentina do. The Viola fans hate Juventus, the players get extra motivations against Juventus, the Artemio Franchi stadium usually have no empty places when Juventus travel to Florence. And now there is also a rivalry between Andrea Agnelli and Andrea Della Valle and Diego Della Valle, like it was in the 80s between Gianni Agnelli and Pontello, former Fiorentina president.
Osvaldo should be in the starting line-up together with Carlos Tevez. In the midfield all important players should be in the starting eleven included Vidal and Pogba. In the defense Juventus will miss Andrea Barzagli who will be substituted by Caceres.
Fiorentina (probable line-up): Neto, Tomovic, Rodriguez, Savic (Roncaglia), Cuadrado, Aquilani, Pizarro, Borja Valero, Pasqual, Ilicic, Gomez. Trainer: Montella
Juventus (probable line-up): Buffon, Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah, Tevez, Osvaldo. Trainer: Conte
Not available players: Rossi, Fernandez (Fiorentina), Barzagli, Ogbonna, Marchisio, Peluso, Giovinco, Vucinic, Pepe (Juventus)
Referee: Webb (England)
I bet on Juventus to win this match and qualify to Quarter Finals.
My correct score: 1-2 Vidal, Osvaldo, Aquilani
Bet: Juventus, 2.05 William Hill, stake: 8/10
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|Juventus||William Hill||2.05||8||0-1 WON (+8.4 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.