The Zebrette travel to Florence looking to protect a one-goal aggregate lead, and Al Hain-Cole expects their renewed threat on the counterattack to make for a high-scoring game
Having come out on top in their last five home games against this opposition, the Viola are understandably short 8/13 (1.57) favourites with William Hill to keep their cup dreams alive with a victory.
Francesco Guidolin’s men have won four of their last five fixtures, though, and are available at 5/1 (6.00) to book a place in the final for the first time since the competition began in 1922.
The visitors have only drawn one of their last 22 matches in all competitions, but you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them holding out for a stalemate.
Despite dominating for the majority of the match, Vincenzo Montella’s side fell victim to a smash-and-grab performance by the home team at the Stadio Friuli last Tuesday, with Luis Muriel’s late winner leaving them with it all to do in front of their own fans.
The hosts will now have to start on the front foot in the home leg if they are to get back into the tie but should be wary of leaving too much space at the back, where a resurgent Antonio Di Natale will be lurking in the hope of continuing his fine recent form in front of goal.
The 36-year-old recently admitted he is tempted to re-think his plans to retire at the end of the season after finding the net in four of his last six matches, a run that coincides with the Zebrette’s most prolific spell of the domestic campaign, with 11 goals scored in the previous six fixtures.
With the game perfectly set up for a counterattacking away performance, even money (2.00) quotes are not to be missed on Udinese’s revitalised attack helping to ensure over 2.5 goals are scored for the sixth time in eight games, as well as the fifth in seven for Fiorentina.
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