A classic will open this Friday, February 9, the twenty-fourth round of the Italian Championship in its 2017/2018 version. At the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Fiorentina will host Juventus. The start of the duel is scheduled for 5:45 pm (Brasília time).
Fiorentina’s recent performance
Even with 15 rounds remaining for the Italian Serie A final, Fiorentina has already entered the “happy next season” mode. With 31 points (eight wins, seven draws and eight losses) he has no real ambitions in the tournament.
It occupies the eleventh place. The difference for Sampdoria, which closes the European Tournament classification block, is seven points. In addition, four other clubs are among them, which makes it difficult to believe in a good enough campaign in the final stretch that can lead the team in Florence to reach that position.
The relegation is not a problem. In this regard, the situation is even better. Fiorentina’s advantage in comparison with the Spal, eighteenth and first place in the sticking region, is 14 points.
The home factor has not made a big difference for Fiorentina. In the last four matches, the team failed to win. It was three draws and one defeat.
The current form of Juventus
This will be the third consecutive round in which Juventus have the chance to play first than Napoli and take the lead of the Italian Championship. It was successful in the previous two, but in the sequence, saw its great rival in the battle by the title also to win and to take up the tip.
Thus, Turin’s alvinegro will enter the field in second place. He has 59 points (19 wins, two draws and two losses). One less than the Neapolitans who, on Saturday, February 9, will receive Lazio.
In the previous round, although he did not manage to keep ahead in the score, Juventus achieved an important result. He hit home at Sassuolo 7-0. With that, he significantly increased his goal advantage (44-36) in comparison to Napoli. This is the first tiebreak criterion if teams have the same number of points.
The rout also extended to 15 the series of games without defeats of Juventus, which has not lost since November 19 of last year. There were 13 wins, which included the ten most recent games, and two draws. The team also surpassed Lazio (59 to 58) and started to have the best attack of the Italian Championship. The defense, which has led 14 attempts, is the second less leaked.
Despite the excellent sequence, coach Massimiliano Allegri has faced a large number of injuries. The defenders Andrea Barzagli (16 matches of the Italian Championship 2017/2018, without a goal) and Benedikt Howedes (a game, no goal) are handed over to the medical department; the socks Juan Cuadrado (14 matches, three goals), Blaise Matuidi (20 matches, two goals) and Stefano Sturaro (seven matches, no goal); and attackers Douglas Costa (16 games, two goals) and Paulo Dybala (19 games, 14 goals).
History of the matches Fiorentina vs Juventus
In the last three classics involving the teams who acted at home won. In the first round of the 2017/2018 Italian Championship season, Juve made it 1-0.
The classic must be able to ‘awaken’ Fiorentina’s uninterested players and make them show more dedication within the four lines, especially as they will be able to play in front of their fans. Added to this factor to the many injury problems of Juventus, the draw is a good guessing option. Has a price of 3.50 in Bet365. Victory of the owners of the house yields 4.50 and the prize for visitor success is 1.85 for each real bet. Quotes were in effect at 9:45 am on 8/2/2018.