Preview - Fiorentina vs Inter Milan 25 February 19

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Match Day 25
Fiorentina  vs. Inter Milan
Monday, February 25th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi

Last five matches form: D W D D W
Average goals per match: 1.54
Average goals against per match: 1.08
Top Scorer: Marco Benassi (7)

Inter Milan:
Last five matches form: D L L W W
Average goals per match: 1.42
Average goals against per match: 0.71
Top Scorer: Mauro Icardi (9)

One of the most eye-catching games on the Match Day 25 fixture list in Serie A comes at the Stadio Artemio Franchi as eighth placed Fiorentina take on third placed Inter Milan.

A spate of draws has seen Fiorentina tread water for a while now, but they are nevertheless only three points off the Europa League positions and could put themselves firmly back into the mix with a win in this one.

Inter meanwhile are looking good for Champion's League qualification as it stands, being five points clear of fifth place Roma. A couple of results could turn that around though and as such they can't afford to take their eye off the ball.

Inter won the reverse of this fixture at the San Siro by a 2-1 score-line. The game here last season ended in a 1-1 draw.

Fiorentina picked up a hard-fought draw with Napoli in their most recent game here. That did stretch their home record to just one win in seven though. This won't be easy but they do need to start picking up wins in front of their own fans.

Inter have performed respectably on the road, winning six of twelve to date. They have conceded one goal or fewer in each of their last five.

Inter are the better side here, but Fiorentina are a tough side to beat and this may end in yet another draw.

Prediction: Fiorentina 1 - 1 Inter Milan


Half time:  1 - 2
Full time: 3 - 3
Shots:  14 - 8
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 9 - 6
Possession: 47% - 53%

Alban Lafont and Bryan Dabo were booked for the home side, with referee Rosario Abisso also taking the names of Radja Nainggolan, Milan Skriniar, Matteo Politano and Marcelo Brozovic of Inter Milan.

This looked like being one of the better games of the weekend and it certainly didn't disappoint as the sides served up a six-goal thriller.

Fiorentina took the lead inside the first 30 seconds. A long ball forward playing in Federico Chiesa to the left-hand side and his low centre being turned into his own net by Stefan De Vrij from eight yards.

The lead lasted all of five minutes. A corner from the right cleared but being knocked back in over the top by Radja Nainggolan and into the path of Matias Vecino who finished on the volley from around eight yards out to the right.

Inter then took the lead five minutes before the break. Matteo Politano picking up the ball on the right and cutting inside onto his left before firing a fine effort into the bottom left corner from around twenty yards. 1-2 at the break.

Seven minutes into the second half Inter extended their lead. Edmilson Fernandes handling in the area and the referee pointing to the spot. Ivan Perisic coolly converting into the bottom left.

Fiorentina grabbed a lifeline in the 74th minute. Sensational 30-yard free kick from Lucas Muriel to find the top left comer.

And then in the tenth minute of a seemingly endless stoppage time, the home side salvaged a point. The referee spotting a handball in the area and pointing to the spot. Following an extensive consultation with VAR he stuck with his decision and Jordan Veretout stepped up to find the bottom left. 3-3 final score.

Fiorentina drop down a spot to ninth on the back of this result. Disappointing for Inter in the end but they stay third.

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