Italy: Serie A
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+1)
For a long time both leaders of the current champion race of the Italian season are gaining the winning points. And last time Azzurri and Bianconeri have both lost points in the 16th points (on the 9-10th of December): Napoli - Fiorentina (0:0), Juventus - Inter (0:0).
Since then Napoli (60 points) and Juventus (59) have gained seven victories in a row and are considerably ahead of all other rivals. However, now the defending champion of the country will face very difficult match in Florence.
Juventus (the head coach Massimiliano Allegri)
Unfortunately, in modern football you may be surprised because of absolutely illogical calendar schedule. In this case, we speak about the forthcoming fight of Juventus against Fiorentina exactly three days before the Champions League fight of the Turin club with Tottenham London. But in five last matches the champion had met with much weaker opponents and in the previous round Juventus has scored Sassuolo seven unanswered goals (7:0).
Fiorentina (head coach Stefano Pioli)
Now we have one reasonable question - why the hardest game with Viola, especially, in Florence, at Stadio Artemio Franchi wasn’t played in January and prior to the renewal of the Champions League season to define in opponents to the champion a middle level team or an underdog? Times of Spartan football when football players were considered to be tireless gladiators, have passed into oblivion.
But, nevertheless, the fact remains! And in connection with so stupidly organized calendar the head coach of Viola Stefano Pioli declared that his team is going to score winning points.
Undoubtedly, the champion of Italy didn't forget that icy shower at Stadio of Artemio Franchi in October 2013 when, leading with the score (0:2) after Carlos Tevez’s and Paul Pogba's two accurate shots, the guests have managed in 15 minutes to miss four goals in a row (4:2).
And though at that time Antonio Conte was the head of Juventus, his successor Massimiliano Allegri with special attention treats all the matches of his team in Florence. By the way, the last meeting of current opponents at Stadio of Artemio Franchi has ended with the victory of Viola (2:1).
Fiorentina – 4.20, draw – 3.50, Juventus – 1.85;
Our tip: both teams to score (yes) - odds 2 10Bet