Separated by only two points in the standings, Fiorentina and Milan make a duel with a place in the 2017/2018 Italian Championship. Starting at 9:30 am (GMT), the match that is part of the tournament’s nineteenth round schedule, the last of the first round, will be held at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence.
Fiorentina’s recent performance
The owners of the house will enter the field of ‘hangover’ for elimination in the Cup of Italy. On Tuesday, December 26, in Rome, he was defeated in the quarterfinals of the Lazio competition. It took 1 to 0 in a match that once again showed its lack of offensive ambition. The home team had 63% of possession. The home team had 59%. Possession of the ball.
This fragility of creation has been considered the main responsible for a campaign that can be considered only as discrete in the Italian Series A. Before the loss on Tuesday, the team had achieved an unbeaten run of seven games. However, most of the clash ended tied. It was four equal and only three wins.
That has limited Fiorentina’s ambitions in the Italian League. With 26 points (seven wins, five draws and six losses), the team occupies the eighth place. It is even outside the classification zone for European tournaments. The difference in comparison with Sampodoria, which closes this block in the sixth position, is only one point.
However, this difference was shortened much more by the incompetence of Samp than by the merits of Fiorentina. In the last five rounds, Sampdoria added just one point from the 15 disputed.
This opens the possibility of turning the year in the elite squad of the Italian League. To try to rise to the top, coach Stefano Pioli will be able to count on all his top athletes. You have no concussion or suspension issues.
The current form of Milan
If the Italian Cup was a factor for discouragement in Florence, for the red-blacks of Milan became a reason for hope. On Wednesday, December 27, Milan, in crisis, had their biggest rival ahead. They made it to the semifinals when they beat Internazionale 1-0 in extra time after a goalless draw in regular time.
It was not an exuberant performance, but Milan showed superiority for most of the match. This can be expressed by the number of attempts to finalize. The red-blacks took 20 shots on goal while the rival shot just seven times. The quality, however, was not good. Only three of the balls were on the target, the same number of kicks from Inter.
However, the victory presented heroic components. An absolute holder of the Milanese goal, young Gianluigi Donnaruma (18 matches in the 2017/2018 Italian Championship), aged 18, can not play. He was bruised. His replacement would be Marco Storari, but he was injured in the warm-up by making room for Antonio Donnaruma.
Antonio is not considered a great goalkeeper. He was only hired by Milan on a request from his younger brother to renew the contract. He even took a goal in the first half when he failed to cut the pitch and send the ball to the net. He was saved by scoring an impediment in Inter’s attack. He got away unscathed.
There is still no certainty as to which goalkeeper will be scaled to this Saturday’s duel. New tests will determine whether Gianluigi or Storari can play. If they are vetoed again, Antonio must be kept in the bow.
The Milanese, with 24 points (seven wins, three draws and eight losses), are in eleventh place in the Italian Championship.
History of the matches Fiorentina vs Milan
Fiorentina have not defeated the Milanese for three matches. It was two wins for Milan and a draw in the period. However, in Florence, Milan have not won the classic since 2014.
The two teams make a season far below expectations, not only considering the results, but the poor performance in the four lines. Fiorentina, however, at least has a tactical solidity that can not be found at Milan. This indicates the hunch at home owners as the best option for grief. The price is 2.10 at Rivalo. Draw shows return of 3.40 and red-black success yields 3.60 per invested real.