Clay McGibbonFiorentina vs Juventus, Saturday September 14th, 15:00, Artemio Franchi Stadium. Two arch rivals facing off against one-another is always an exciting prospect but this rivalry is different and always offers up fireworks, entertainment and always gives us something to remember the games by.
Two arch rivals facing off against one-another is always an exciting prospect but this rivalry is different and always offers up fireworks, entertainment and always gives us something to remember the games by.
Fiorentina and Juventus is one of those Serie A fixtures that is must watch and this year is no different, even if Juve come into this game as strong favourites as per usual.
Fiorentina’s start to the season has been as bad as can be, even if the performances haven’t even been that bad. Two losses from two games is literally the worst it can be, but is this the game to galvanise the players?
Predictably, Juventus have a 100% record from their opening two games, even if they had a slight bit of fortune in their exciting and pulsating 4-3 win against Napoli before the international break.
Fiorentina opened their season with an equally exciting 4-3 loss at home to the hands of Napoli before away to Genoa the following week.
Prior to their win over 4-3 specialists Napoli, Juve opened their campaign with a steady 1-0 win over Parma, with Giorgio Chiellini scoring the winner after just 21 minutes.
The away side are favourites to win this game, and while it may seem like a 4-3 game could be on the cards, it’s safer to avoid correct scores and side with both teams to score and an away win.
Juve are favourites for this clash, but it seems quite likely that both teams will score in both halves regardless of what the score is. This seems like the smartest and safest bet throughout this particular fixture, with this bet being one of the best online betting odds for this round of action. 888sport have it as 12/1.
It isn’t a shock to suggest that Juve could get some late luck in this game in the form of a last minute winner just like the Napoli game but you could easily see these two sides being level at the break, let’s say 1-1, before Fiorentina take an early second half lead before Juve fight back for a win, with this rated at 15/4 by 888sport.
Head to Head
This is one of Serie A’s most famous games for a reason, with 160 matches being played throughout their history. Juve have picked up a staggering 77 wins in that time, with La Viola winning 33 times and a draw being the final result on 50 occasions.
Fiorentina have won this fixture 33 times, 27 of those wins have come at home including their last win back in January 2017, a 2-1 win courtesy of goals from Nikola Kalinic and Milan Badelj.
Unsurprisingly, Alessandro Del Piero is the top scorer in this fixture with 11 goals, one goal ahead of Juventus legend Giampiero Boniperti.
Juventus have scored 291 goals in this fixture while Fiorentina have scored nearly 100 less, picking up just 197 in the many games.
Juventus won the first fixture back in 1932 with a 2-1 win at Fiorentina, reportedly thanks to a brace from Federico Munerati.
A life-long Bury fan, Clay has realized his dreams of seeing his boyhood club reach the lofty heights of Premier League glory are very unlikely. Though currently living in London, Clay never misses the opportunity to watch his team on the stream. Often spotted at centre-back in Sunday League, Clay has settled for reporting on the top teams throughout Europe. He has recently taken a liking to the NFL, and hopes to be able to attend an NFL game at Wembley this year.