Preview - Fiorentina vs Juventus 10 Feb

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Match Day 24
Fiorentina vs Juventus
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT +8)
Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi

Last five matches: W L L D D
Average goals per match: 1.4
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Giovanni Simeone (7)
Last five matches: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.5
Average goals against per match: 0.6
Top Scorer: Paulo Dybala (14)

Serie A action kicks off early Saturday morning with Fiorentina versus Juventus. Fiorentina are in 11th place with 31 points. Even though they are in the second half of the table, they are only 7 points adrift of 6th place, which is the final Europa League qualification spot.

Even after their 7-0 thrashing of Sassuolo last weekend, Juventus remain second in the league, one point behind Napoli. With Juventus 13 points ahead of the third placed team, Lazio, it is a two horse race for the Serie A title.

Fiorentina defeated Bologna 2-1 away last week, putting an end to a four game winless run. La Viola have won only once in their last six matches at home, that win coming back in December against Sassuolo. Even with their unfortunate recent results, La Viola are still a formidable side at home: they have lost only four of their last 30 games in the Artemio Franchi.

Juventus have scored 59 goals this season, more than anybody else in Serie A. As astounding as their scoring has been, it is their defense that is most impressive: in the last ten matches they have only conceded one goal.

Gonzalo Higuain is in fine form. After scoring a hat trick last week against Sassuolo, look for him to get his name on the score sheet once again.

The last time Juventus lost in Serie A was 15 rounds ago, in November against Sampdoria. That streak will extend to 16 after this weekend.

Prediction: Fiorentina 1-2 Juventus


Feb 10, 2018, 04:09 AM Last Edit: Feb 10, 2018, 08:36 AM by aaguerra90
Half Time: 0-0
Full Time: 0-2
Shots: 8-4
Shots on target: 2-3
Corner Kicks: 2-5
Possession: 59-41

Juventus temporarily hold a two point lead over Napoli for first place after defeating Fiorentina 2-0.

The first fifteen minutes were a back and forth affair, with both teams getting close to each other's area but neither really troubling the opposing goalkeeper.

In the 18th minute Marco Benassi sent a cross into the area that hit Giorgio Chiellini in the arm; immediately the referee blew the whistle to signal a penalty kick. Replays showed the referee was correct in calling for a penalty, but he checked with the VAR to confirm. In a surprise move that shocked Fiorentina, the penalty was called back. Benassi had received the ball in an offside position, therefore nullifying the penalty kick. In the end it was the right call.

In the 38th minute Fiorentina had another golden opportunity. Benassi cleared the danger from a Juve corner and La Viola were off to the races on a counter attack. Gil Dias ran with the ball from midfield and was one on one with defender Stephan Lichtsteiner. Dias skillfully passed Lichtsteiner and fired at goal, but his shot slammed into the post. Wasted chance by Dias, who had Giovanni Simeone wide open to his left. A pass to the Argentine would have likely resulted in an easy tap in goal.

The sides would go into the dressing rooms tied 0-0 at half in what was an entertaining game up until that point. 

Federico Bernardeschi was fouled right outside the box in the 55th minute. It would be Bernardeschi himself to take the resulting free kick, which he curled into the back of the net. Beautiful goal from the Italian youngster.

Fiorentina almost found the equalizer in the 71st minute when Gio Simeone split the Juventus defense with a through ball. The ball reached Cyril Thereau, who unleashed a shot but Buffon parried it away.

Gonzalo Higuain, who had been completely anonymous the entire game, sentenced the game after a counter attack in the 86th minute. The argentine picked up the ball near midfield and raced towards goal, coolly slotting the ball home when one on one with the goalkeeper.

Also noteworthy is the fact that Gianluigi Buffon made his 500th league appearance for the Vecchia Signora. Buffon announced earlier this year that he will retire once the season ends.

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