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Vincenzo Montella has strengthened his side impressively after last season's fourth-placed finish, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to win with ease against their travel-sick guests

Fiorentina kick off their Serie A season on Monday when they welcome Catania to the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

La Viola narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification on the final day of last season and are clear 1/2 (1.50) favourites with BetVictor to get off to a winning start in 2013-14.

The visitors enjoyed an equally-successful campaign last season as they equalled their highest-ever finish of eighth and are available at 11/2 (6.50) to spring a shock with victory in Tuscany.

These opponents have only drawn two of their last 14 encounters, but you can get odds of 10/3 (4.33) on them settling for a stalemate tonight.

Vincenzo Montella’s outfit were a firm favourite among the neutrals due to their fluid attacking play last season and their tally of 72 goals scored was bettered only by Napoli.

Despite losing strikers Stevan Jovetic and Luca Toni this summer, the hosts look perhaps even more impressive after such signings as Josip Ilicic, Joaquin and Mario Gomez, as well as the return to fitness of Giuseppe Rossi.

Montella’s men are now understandably being mentioned as possible title contenders and with so much talent at their disposal they provide a daunting opening trip for a visiting side who have won just 12 of their 134 away Serie A games since returning to the top flight in 2006.

Things look even more ominous for Gli Elefanti when you consider the home side have won 21 of their last 23 league matches in front of their own fans, as well as seven of their last eight against Rolando Maran’s men in all competitions.

All in all, a comfortable home wins appears to be on the cards, and odds of 13/10 (2.30) cannot be ignored on this game following the same template as five of Fiorentina’s last six league at the Artemio Franchi with a home win after a half-time lead.

To make the case even more convincing, that bet would also have paid out in this fixture on three of the last four occasions.

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Fiorentina to win at HT/FT for a 2pt stake at 13/10 (2.30) with BetVictor

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, 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.

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