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Fiorentina vs. Milan Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
20 February 2020
Saturday 22 February
Artemio Franchi – Serie A
Fiorentina bounced back from their recent slump with an emphatic win against Sampdoria last weekend, but can they keep it up against a reviving Milan? The Viola had gone through a tough spell against the top teams in Italy during the last month but hit back with a convincing performance against the Blucerchiati and now they will have to improve even further by overcoming a consistent Milan side in the hunt for a place in Europe next term.
The history between these two Italian giants stretch far back and after 172 matches, Milan have come out on top in 75 of them so far. The reverse fixture this term ended in a 3-1 win for the Viola, who are currently on winless run of three home games against the Rossoneri. During their last 10 meetings, the Viola have won four of them, but twice away from home. Milan are currently on form and would like a repeat of last year’s fixture at the Artemio, which ended with a 1-0 win for the Diavolo.
Fiorentina will only have to cope without long-term injured Franck Ribery this weekend, as well as Christian Kouamé, who has been brought in despite having suffered a cruciate ligament injury in November.
Milan are without Hakan Calhanoglu this weekend, as he also sat out in the 1-0 win against Torino on Monday earlier this week with a hip problem. Lucas Biglia is aso out and not expected back for the game against Fiorentina. Rade Krunic struggles with a fracture and Leo Duarte is not expected back until the end of March.
Fiorentina vs. Milan Predictions, Preview and Predictions
The home side have been through a tough period this winter and changed their coach during Christmas. Beppe Iachini was installed as the new coach at the Artemio Franchi and the ambitions have been raised by owner Rocco Commisso this season. But the results don’t seem to follow the big ideas for the Viola. A win against Milan may be backed at 2.70, but it would be hard to come by another three points for the home side this weekend and a draw could be more likely at 3.30.
Fiorentina are struggling to string together a great run and the good start under Iachini has proven to be somewhat of a fluke so far. They are back to their normal selves and fight to survive in the top tier despite the talent in their current squad. With ambitious players in all areas of the pitch and contenders for their respective nations in Euro 2020 this summer, they should really be able to do better than they have so far in 2019-20.
Milan were struggling before Stefano Pioli took over and he needed some time to get his message across to the team. But after the winter break, they have put the abysmal first half of the season behind them and are back in with a shout for a place in the Europa League.
In fact, they aren’t more than 10 points away from the top four and are currently fighting it out with Juventus for a place in the Final of Coppa Italia. Much has been said about the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Giuseppe Meazza, but recently the summer signing Ante Rebic has decided to turn up.
His renewed faith under Pioli has started to pay off and he has scored six times since the turn of the year. The Croatia international might strike again this weekend, as Milan prove to keep the big teams on their toes recently. They must put a weak second half against Inter in the Derby della Madonnina further in the past by collecting another win at 2.70 against the Viola on Saturday.
Milan to win 1-0 at 9.75
Gigio Donnarumma has shut down shop and has kept five clean sheets in their last five games and another 1-0 win could be on the cards when Fiorentina host Milan. The Rossoneri haven’t been scoring for fun and were unlucky to not win 1-0 against Juventus in the Coppa Italia earlier this month as well.
Total amount of goals Under 2.5 goals at 1.90
Three out of the last five Milan matches have ended with two goals or less and Fiorentina could be ready to slow play against Pioli’s men. The Rossoneri are hard to break down and it will require patience. If Fiorentina are to score at all, it’s not likely that they will score more than once.