Fiorentina vs Genoa
Italy – Serie A
Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020
Kick-off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi (Florence)
Fiorentina will be aiming to extend their winning streak across competitions to four games when they take on last-placed Grifone.
Fiorentina vs Genoa: Match Preview
After an eight-game winless spell, it appears that La Viola have found their rhythm under new boss Beppe Iachini as they recorded their second Serie A win on the bounce, third across competitions.
Fiorentina were sluggish, nervous against SPAL (1-0), rather lucky against Atalanta (2-1) in the Coppa, but they certainly deserved to beat Napoli 2-0 last time out and proved a lot of people wrong, including me.
With the win-draw-loss record of 6-6-8, the Florence-based outfit are sitting at 13th place, tied with several teams.
Fiorentina have logged three wins, three draws and four losses at Artemio Franchi this season, averaging 1.10 goals scored per match, whilst shipping 1.40 per bout. They have claimed five points from last five home fixtures (1-2-2).
Genoa are back at the bottom of the table after their second consecutive league defeat, fifth in the last seven Serie A matches. This time around, they fell to a 1-3 defeat to Roma in an end-to-end contest at the Luigi Ferraris.
Davide Nicola’s side are two points off safety and have two difficult road games coming up – against Viola and Atalanta.
I Grifone are yet to win a game away from home this season as they recorded four draws and six defeats to date, bagging a goal per match and conceding a whopping 2.60 in return. They have lost two away games in a row – to Inter (0-4) and Hellas Verona (1-2).
Fiorentina vs Genoa: Team News and Predicted Starting Lineups
Franck Ribery (11 games, 2 goals) is surely out for the hosts; Boateng (14/1) is a doubt and Dalbert (19/0) is suspended on yellow card accumulation.
Fiorentina (3-5-2): Dragowski – Caceres, Milenkovic, Pezzella – Ranieri, Lirola, Pulgar, Castrovilli, Benassi – Chiesa, Cutrone
The visiting coach won’t be able to count on Kouame (11/5) and Lerager (11/0), whilst Zapata (12/1) is doubtful. Francesco Cassata (12/0) is suspended for the trip.
Genoa (3-5-2): Perin – Criscito, Biraschi, Romero – Ankersen, Pajac, Schone, Sturaro, Jagiello – Pandev, Sanabria.
Fiorentina vs Genoa: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (30 games): Fiorentina 11 Wins, Genoa 5 Wins, 14 Draws.
- Fiorentina are yet to lose a home game vs Genoa (8-6-0).
- Five of their last six outings at this venue failed to produce a winner.
- Four of their last five games at Artemio Franchi had under 2.5 goals.
- The reverse fixture between these two sides back in September finished 2-1 to Genoa.
Fiorentina vs Genoa: Prediction
The hosts are a streaky side as we have seen in the past. Right now, they are enjoying a solid run of form and their confidence must be sky-high after a fantastic performance against Napoli. I will back them to claim three points against lowly Grifone on Saturday.
Genoa have scored in each of their matches under Davide Nicole and I won’t be surprised if they fight back here, but ultimately, Fiorentina should prevail. Therefore, with a 2-0 or 2-1 hunch, I’m hitting goals market to pick 2 or 3 goals to be scored here.
Fiorentina vs Genoa: Betting Tips
Fiorentina To Win @ 1.81
2 or 3 goals @ 1.95.