Fiorentina vs Slovan Liberec
UEFA Europa League – Group J
Date: Thursday, 3rd November 2016,
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence.
Fiorentina are sitting comfortably at the top of the Europa League Group J with 7 points after three match weeks. This is a comparatively easy group as the fellow teams PAOK, Qarabag and Slovan Liberec are way below the Viola in terms of quality. But Europa League is a tournament of surprises and we are about to see what beholds in the remaining three matchdays.
Slovan Liberec lost to Fiorentina 1-3 when the two sides met on matchday 3 aided by Nikola Kalinic’s double in the first half completed by Khouma Babacar in the second half. Petr Sevcik scored the consolation goal for Liberec, with the Czech side finishing the match with 10 men as Radim Breite was send-off in the 84th minute.
Liberec are at the foot of the table with 1 points from the three matches so far. The lone point is earned from the 1-1 draw against Qarabag on matchday 1. The have two matches in succession – 2-1 to PAOK and 3-1 to Fiorentina, both at home.
Fiorentina vs Slovan Liberec: Head-to-Head Stats
The first leg clash on 20th October was the first ever meeting between Fiorentina and Slovan Liberec in a competitive match.
Fiorentina are unbeaten in the 6 matches they played against clubs from Czech Republic, with 4 wins and 2 draws. They can also boast a 100% win record from the 3 matches played at their home ground.
While Slovan Liberec’s overall record against Serie A oppositions from 5 matches is 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. They have won and drawn 1 each in their 2 trips to Italy so far.
Fiorentina vs Slovan Liberec: Prediction
Slovan Liberec are a side in lots of trouble at the moment. They registered only one win from their last 5 games in all competitions and also recorded the same number of win from the last 6 away games. While Fiorentina are a side on excellent form this season. They were beaten only once in their 12 matches in all competitions so far and are unbeaten at home. They do have some occasional problems in scoring goals, but they are rock solid in defence. The Serie A side look good for another win, but we believe this will be by a narrow margin. So our pick is to back Slovan Liberec to win with an Asian Handicap of +1.5 goals to start with.
Fiorentina vs Slovan Liberec: Bet Tips
Asian Handicap: Slovan Liberec +1.5 at 2.075.
Total Match Goals: Under 3.5 goals at 1.50 (1/2).