Fiorentina hosts Spezia in round 23 of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Friday, February 19th at Stadio Artemio Franchi (Florence)
In the current season, Fiorentina is gaining exactly one point per game on average (22 after 22 rounds). Moreover, after the arrival of the star newcomer Kokorin, the Violets couldn’t gain a single point at all. In the match with Torino, Cesare Prandelli's charges let the victory slip away after leaving with nine men (Belotti scored in the 88th minute), and then they lost twice in a row. The experts did not expect any other results from the match with Inter at Artemio Franchi - the Nerazzurri are trying to gain the Scudetto this season. On Sunday, Vlahovic, the top scorer of the Florence team, was able to level the score in Genoa, but Sampdoria managed to pull out the victory in the second half thanks to the efforts of its super-veteran, Quagliarella. Now Fiorentina takes only 16th place in the standings. However, 18th Cagliari lags behind the Violets by as many as seven points.
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Spezia continues to amaze. The Eaglets will start the upcoming match in a great mood because of two victories in a row. First, the Serie A debutants, who couldn’t win in three previous meetings, were able to gain a comeback victory on the field of Sassuolo. And on Saturday, Vincenzo Italiano's charges intervened in the champion’s race. They managed to beat the leader of those days, AC Milan. And that victory was quite deserved - the Red-Blacks were practically not allowed to create something dangerous near the goal of Provedel. And after the break, Maggiore and Bastoni scored two goals and brought a sensational 2-0 victory to Spezia. This spurt allowed the newcomer to climb to 13th place. And most importantly, now the Eaglets are ahead of the relegation zone by as many as nine points. Will the quirky team relax after this? And will it find the strength, primarily psychological, to play at the same high level in Florence?
Before this season, the teams have never crossed their paths on the pitch. In October, Fiorentina was ahead with a 2-goal difference already by the 4th minute. Nevertheless, everything ended in a 2-2 draw. Fiorentina is seen as the favorite of the upcoming confrontation, but it may well disappoint again, and Spezia proved that is a tough nut to crack. Therefore, we will bet on the neutral option with Under 2.5 goals scored.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored