Fiorentina will be hoping to get one over on bitter rivals Juventus when the sides meet at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Friday’s Serie A clash.
Although not local rivals, the teams share a mutual animosity due to history of controversial encounters and defection of La Viola hero Roberto Baggio to Turin in 1990.
Having run out 2-1 winners in last season’s home encounter, the hosts are available at 15/4 (4.75) with bet365 to secure bragging rights once again here.
However, Massimiliano Allegri’s men have won 13 and lost none of their last 15 fixtures in all competitions, and are 3/4 (1.75) favourites to maintain that strong run with another victory in this one.
Three of the last four league matches at this stadium have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on this one also finishing up all square.
The Bianconeri are without Benedikt Howedes, Paulo Dybala, Blaise Matuidi, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa, whereas their opponents have a fully fit squad to choose from.
Juventus on fire
Despite their mounting injury list, the champions actually seem to be going from strength to strength in recent weeks.
Having only failed to beat Barcelona and Inter in their last 15 fixtures, Allegri’s team extended their winning streak to 10 in a row with an emphatic 7-0 victory over Sassuolo last weekend.
In contrast, Stefano Pioli’s side has only won once in their last six matches, and gone four consecutive home games without tasting victory after a 4-1 humbling by Verona in front of their own fans.
Tips and Predictions
Given the significant contrast in form, those 3/4 (1.75) odds actually appear rather generous on Juventus coming out on top for their eighth away match in succession against a Fiorentina team they have beaten in six of the last seven encounters.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.