FIORENTINA v TOTTENHAM – Europa League
February 18 2016, Stadio Artemio Franchi, 18:00 GMT+0
Fiorentina is currently 3rd in Serie A, 8 points behind Juventus and 7 behind 2nd placed Napoli. So in regards of Serie A “The Violas” can probably forget about finishing 1st, so they will most likely focus on qualification for Europa competitions next year and of course the best possible placement in this year’s Europa League.
When we take a look at group stage of Europa League, Fiorentina finished second in group I 3 points behind Basel. The interesting fact is that Fiorentina lost 2 matches at Stadio Artemio Franchi, whereas they perform surprisingly well in Serie A, with a record of 10-1-2. FIorentina had a good chance to finish 1st in the group, but they failed to win against Basel due to center back Rodriguez being sent off. Until that mistake the hosts were leading 1:0 against Basel.
As for missing players for Fiorentina, Roncaglia is suspended due to red card against Basle, Kone, Telio and Benalouane are all suffering long term injury, but being that they are not a part of starting IX their absence will not be effecting the team that much.
Tottenham on the other side are second in EPL, 3 points behind Leicester and tied with Arsenal with 51 points. With a win against Manchester City (1:2) Tottenham showed their prioroty and it’s clearly league title or at least qualification for Champions league. So if we take the “priority plan” into consideration, the game against Swansea on Sunday is much more important.
Hugo Loris will be missing this match after he injured his shoulder at the weekend, and it might be a problem for Tottenham. Nije and Vertonghen also stayed in London because they are injured.
In conclusion I believe Fiorentina will win this one and try to get a head start before a match in London.
Prediction: Fiorentina -0.25
Odds: 2.13 SBOBET