The first round of the second round of the Italian Championship edition 2017/2018 has a classic scheduled for this Friday, January 5. At the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Fiorentina hosts Internazionale. The match for the twenty-second matchday of Serie A is scheduled to start at 17:45 (Brasília time).
Fiorentina’s recent performance
Fiorentina ended 2017 on a downside. In the Italian Cup, she fell in the quarterfinals when she was beaten by Lazio in Rome 1-0 on 26 December. Then, by the Italian Championship, did not pass the draw, at home, by 1 to 1 against Milan on 30 December.
In this way, he followed outside the classification zone for European tournaments. He is ranked eighth in the A-Class standings with 27 points (seven wins, six draws and six losses). The difference for Sampdoria, sixth place that closes the block of classified for the Europa League is not great. Only three points separate the teams. Samp, however, held a match unless the team from Florence.
Coach Stefano Pioli has virtually all of his squad available for the match. Only two athletes are delivered to the medical department. Defenders Bruno Gaspar (nine games in the 2017/2018 Italian Championship without a goal) and young Bulgarian Hristov Petko (no performances). The latter can not even be considered an embezzlement. With 18 years is still a bet of the club for the future.
The attack has been Fiorentina’s Achilles Heel. With 28 goals scored, the team is the worst on this score when compared to the top nine in the A-Series. Such a problem has been a particular setback at home. The Forenza team drew a third of the games held at Artemio Franchi.
The current form of Internazionale
The technical staff of the Internazionale must have missed the space that the calendar of the Italian Championship was for the Christmas and New Year holidays. These days off were left aside due to the holding of the Russian World Cup in 2018, which anticipated the closure of the Italian Championship.
Thus, coach Luciano Spalletti can not count on long time to staunch the sangria open in the last matches. Internazionale, after reaching the top of the Italian Championship, has not won five games (three draws and five losses).
The worst of this period, at least from the point of view of the supporter, were not the failures in Serie A, but the elimination in the Italian Cup. After all, it happened right before the biggest rival, Milan, who was at an even worse stage. After a goalless draw in the normal time, Inter took 1 to 0 in extra time and now has no other choice but to dedicate themselves fully to the Italian Championship.
His situation has been better, but ahead of what was expected at the beginning of the season can not be considered bad. With 41 points (15 wins, two draws and two losses), the team occupies the third place. They are seven fewer than Napoli, leader, and six disadvantage in comparison with Juventus, vice leader.
To face Fiorentina. Inter will probably not be able to count on defender Miranda (17 games in the 2017/2018 Italian Championship without a goal), almost constant presence in the calls of the Brazilian national team. Officially it is away due to the calf injury.
However, it is speculated that another reason could cause his / her period of absence to be extended. The athlete has a contract with the club only until the end of the season. There was no renovation. Thus, you can sign an appointment with any other team without the contractor having to pay any compensation to Inter. To avoid this, Italians may try to include the defender in a negotiation during the January transfer window.
Another likely low for the classic is midfielder Danilo D’Ambrosio (18 games, one goal). A knee injury has taken him out of the last two games and there is still no set date for his return.
History of the matches Fiorentina vs Internazionale
In the last four editions the house factor was decisive in the classic. Who played in his stadium got the best. In the first round of Serie A 2017/2018, the Milanese thrashed 3-0.
The predominantly defensive style of the two teams indicates the draw as a good guess for the classic this Friday. The quotation is 3.30 in Rivalo. Victory of Fiorentina yields 2.80 and Inter success pays 2.50.