Fiorentina-Torino Betting Preview: La Viola to spoil the visitors' European dream

The Granata need a win in order to seal their place in next season's Europa League, but Al Hain-Cole expects the absence of Ciro Immobile to prove costly against Montella's men
Torino travel to the Artemio Franchi on Sunday hoping for a win that would seal their place in next season’s Europa League.

With seventh-placed Parma just a point behind and facing the relatively straightforward task of a home game against already relegated Livorno, Giampiero Ventura’s team are available at 17/20 (1.85) with William Hill to pick up a vital three points.

La Viola, on the other hand, have nothing to play for with a fourth-placed finish already guaranteed, and are therefore 11/4 (3.75) outsiders to come out on top in their final game of the season.

The pair shared a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture back in January, and you can get odds of 3/1 (4.00) on them cancelling each other out once again here

Having been widely tipped to struggle before the season began, the Granata have exceeded all expectations as they stand on the brink of their first European campaign in over a decade.

However, the away fans will be ruing last weekend’s draw against Parma that saw their side let slip a one-goal lead against a team playing with just 10 men, missing out on three points that would have brought European football back to the Stadio Olimpico with a match to spare.

What’s more, Ciro Immobile’s red card in the aftermath of the equaliser means Ventura’s team must now win in Florence without Serie A’s 22-goal top scorer, a tough task considering none of the Italian international’s deputies having hit the net once all league season.

Having scored nine of his team’s last 17 goals, Immobile represents a huge loss for a team that possess a negative goal difference away from home, particularly against a home side whose forward line consists of Giuseppe Rossi, Juan Cuadrado and a fit again Mario Gomez.

While plenty of conspiracy theories have been flying around suggesting Fiorentina will lie down and allow Torino to win, the players’ determination to impress with the World Cup looming alone should provide adequate motivation, meaning odds of 17/20 (1.85) represent excellent value on the hosts merely avoiding defeat against their weakened opponents.

Fiorentina to win or draw for a 2pt stake at 17/20 (1.85) 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.