Fiorentina - Juventus Betting Preview: Gomez to strike again versus La Vecchia Signora

The German's late equaliser in the first leg means Antonio Conte's men will be forced to attack at the Artemio Franchi, and Al Hain-Cole expects this to lead to goals at both ends
Fiorentina will be hoping for the last laugh when they take on Juventus for the third time in a fortnight in Thursday’s Europa League last 16 clash at the Artemio Franchi.

Having bagged a valuable away goal in last week’s 1-1 draw in Turin, Vincenzo Montella’s men are available at 14/5 (3.80) with William Hill to finish the job with a victory this evening.

However, La Vecchia Signora are unbeaten in 11 games and come into this match as 21/20 (2.05) favourites to turn the tie around with an away win.

The visitors have drawn seven of their last nine fixtures in this competition and are on offer at 11/5 (3.20) to hold their opponents to a third consecutive European stalemate.

Having led his side to two consecutive Serie A titles and currently on the verge of making it three in a row, Antonio Conte will be eager to add something other than the Scudetto to the trophy cabinet this season.

Despite his absolute dominance in the league, the former Siena coach has so far failed to translate that success into cup competitions, where his side have consistently underperformed both in Europe and the Coppa Italia.

With this season’s Europa League final set to take place in their own Juventus Stadium, the Italian champions will be more desperate than ever to go all the way in this competition, meaning Mario Gomez’s late equaliser in the home leg came as a crushing blow.

Juventus must now travel to the site of their only Serie A defeat of the season (a crushing 4-2 collapse in October after leading 2-0 at the break) needing to score at least once to progress.

While that task should not prove too difficult against a Fiorentina team that have not kept a single clean sheet in the last eight, shutting out an attack that have failed to score just once in their last 20 home games represents a much tougher task.

With the visitors pushing forward, odds of 4/5 (1.80) are surely too good to pass up on both teams finding the net, particularly given Gomez’s recent revival in front of goal.

The German striker has sat out the majority of the season since last summer’s big money arrival through injury, but with two in his last two looks almost back to his deadly best and is well worth backing at 6/4 (2.50) to strike anytime tonight.

Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with William Hill
Gomez to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 6/4 (2.50) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.