Fiorentina vs Chievo
Italian Serie A
Date: Sunday, 28 August, 2016,
Kick-off: 19:45 UK.
Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi (Florence).
Fiorentina looked to have salvaged a point in the opening Serie A game against Juventus, only to be denied by super striker Gonzalo Higuain. The ex-Napoli celebrated his debut scoring within 9 minutes of his introduction only to break Viola hearts who thought they had the game under control after Nikola Kalinic cancelled out Sami Khedira’s opener. The opening day’s defeat coupled with a poor pre-season in which they lost all of their five friendlies will dent their confidence going against a side like Chievo who has started their season in some style.
Chievo earned a morale boosting 2-0 win at home over Inter Milan on the opening day. Unlike many, the result was no surprise considering the fact that Chiveo were one of the toughest teams to get a result at their home ground. They were 9th in the league last season, however a similar feat cannot be expected this season.
Fiorentina vs Chievo: Head-to-Head
Fiorentina haven’t lost to Chievo in the last 9 matches in all competitions. Their latest meeting ended in a 0-0 draw at Chievo on May 2016, which was the first time Chievo avoided a defeat after Fiorentina went on a 7 match winning run over them.
Fiorentina have won in the last five home matches against Chievo, which also saw them scoring at least 2 goals.
Fiorentina vs Chievo: Prediction
Chievo are coming on the back of a huge result against Inter Milan in their season opener. But they are a team that fare well in home games and offer little resistance while on road. Also they suffered five straight defeats in as many trips to Fiorentina.
At the same time, Viola have their own issues with morale and confidence after suffering a series of defeats. They could adopt a conservative approach to slowly build their confidence and there is a very good chance that this match could end in a draw.
The best bet for this fixture is to back Chievo on a double chance at 2.25. The match is expected to see under 2.5 goals.
Fiorentina vs Chievo: Tips
Double Chance – Chievo/Draw at 2.25.
Under 2.5 goals at 1.66.