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Verona vs Fiorentina
When: Tuesday, April 20 – 20:45 CEST
Where: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi in Verona, Italy
Weather: Clear with periodic clouds, 13°C
Referee: Alessandro Prontera
A month ago, Verona were still hoping to book a ticket to the Europa League. However, after losing five of their last six, that dream seems to be over.
If they can’t make their dreams come true, Verona could still find some satisfaction in crushing the dreams and hopes of their rivals. Although Verona and Fiorentina don’t seem to hold a particular grudge against each other, these two produced some real bloodbaths over the last couple of years.
In fact, in each of the previous five Verona vs Fiorentina games, we witnessed 5+ yellow cards. That’s significantly above the league average of ~2.26 yellow cards per game.
Obviously, there’s a lot of passion in the duels between the two, but this time, it’s going to be Fiorentina who will have the motivation on their side. After all, this team’s desperate for points that would keep them above the relegation zone until the end of the season.
No Captain to Help Verona Snap Out of the Losing Streak
Verona are safe from relegation, yet they no longer stand a chance to qualify for Europa League. Finishing the season in mid-table would still be a decent achievement for Ivan Jurić’s side, but even that might not happen if they don’t improve.
The hosts are coming into this game after five defeats in the previous six fixtures. Three of their previous home games saw them losing without scoring a single goal.
Verona would surely like to get back on the winning track, but that’s not going to be easy to achieve without their captain to lead them.
Miguel Veloso got injured on April 11 in the game against Lazio and will probably miss a few more games in addition to the one taking place tonight.
To make things even worse, there’s news about Matteo Lovato getting injured in practice a few days ago. The 20-year-old center-back will apparently also be watching tonight’s game from the sidelines.
Fiorentina Needs Points ASAP
Same as Verona, Fiorentina will also miss one of their key defenders in tonight’s match. The man in question is Nikola Milenković who’s serving a one-game suspension after collecting five yellow cards.
The good news, however, is that all the other key men from Fiorentina’s squad are fit and ready to go. The bad news is that they haven’t been in a particularly good form as of late – Fiorentina got only one point from the three games played in April.
Due to their poor form, this team is now dangerously close to the relegation zone. Only five points separate Fiorentina and Cagliari, the closest team from the danger area. With eight more rounds to go, Fiorentina’s relegation fears look justified.
One thing La Viola need to keep in mind is that their schedule gets very ugly after tonight. In the remainder of the season, they have to play against such heavyweights as Juventus, Lazio and Napoli.
For this reason, securing at least a point tonight is a priority for the visitors.
Verona vs Fiorentina Betting Picks
Fiorentina are without a win against Verona in the Italian Serie A since 2017. Furthermore, they’re in terrible form at the moment. But, they – unlike Verona – need points.
It’s almost certain that Fiorentina will go for a win in this game and use all the resources they have to achieve that. The question is whether that will be enough for all three points.
Nevertheless, we have high hopes Fiorentina will be able to come back from their trip to Verona with at least one point.
Prediction: Fiorentina +0.00 Asian Handicap (same as Draw no bet)