La Viola have struggled with a hectic fixture schedule recently and Al Hain-Cole expects their injury-struck side to come home empty-handed from an intimidating away groundDnipro will be looking to preserve their impressive Europa League home record when they welcome Fiorentina to the Dnipro Arena on Thursday evening.
The Ukrainians have won seven and drawn one of their last eight European encounters on home soil and are 11/10 (2.10) favourites with BetVictor to extend that record with a victory tonight.
Vincenzo Montella’s men followed up a narrow 2-1 Serie A defeat at Inter with a disappointing 2-2 home draw against Parma on Monday but are available at 11/4 (3.75) to bounce back with a win just three days later.
The visitors secured a 0-0 draw on their previous away trip to Dnipropetrovsk in this competition 12 years ago, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them grinding out another stalemate in this one.
Montella was understandably disappointed after his side threw away a lead late on to drop points in the league for the second time in five days on Monday and expressed some concern over how that result would affect his players this evening.
The former Catania boss would have every right to feel aggrieved with the Italian FA, whose packed fixture list sees Fiorentina make the long trip to Ukraine their third game in just seven days - hardly the ideal preparation for such a daunting clash.
Meanwhile, Juande Ramos’ men have enjoyed the luxury of four whole days to prepare for this encounter after maintaining their 12-game unbeaten streak with a fifth-consecutive win on Saturday, and will be confident of coming out on top at a ground where they have lost only one of nine European games since the stadium opened in 2008.
Furthermore, having kept six clean sheets in their last eight fixtures on home soil, they will surely fancy their chances of keeping at bay a Fiorentina side who are missing main strikers Mario Gomez, Ante Rebic and Serie A top scorer Giuseppe Rossi.
With so much going in there favour, high-flying Dnipro offer excellent value at 11/10 (2.10) to emerge victorious this evening for the 14th time in 17 competitive games.
|Dnipro to win for a 1.5pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with BetVictor
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