Friday 4th March. 7:45PM. Live streaming available at Bet365
Italian matches don’t come much bigger than Roma v Fiorentina, and this Friday night’s clash is set to be even more exciting as the two teams are locked on level points in the bid to land the final Champions League qualification spot.
Both teams are in fantastic form, but Juventus and Napoli look certain to grab the top two positions. Therefore, this clash could be vital in landing third spot, and you can watch the drama unfold live on Bet365.
What more entertainment could you want to kick-start the weekend?
Seventh Heaven For Roma?
Luciano Spaletti’s men have enjoyed a fantastic league run in recent weeks and enter Friday’s clash on the back of a six-game winning streak, scoring 18 goals in the process. If Giallorossi continue that form at the Stadio Olimpico, they should have a fantastic chance of making it 21 points from 21.
Former Premier League stars Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah have scored 15 league goals between them while Stephan El Shaarawy has started his loan spell on fire with four goals in five appearances.
In addition to being Serie A’s joint-leading scorers, Spaletti’s men have also shipped just 12 home goals. Wojciech Szczesny has performed solidly between the sticks and will be hoping to help his side take another huge step towards Champions League qualification with a shutout.
If Roma turn up to perform in front of the cameras, it should be a cracking encounter. Even if they don’t it should be an intriguing battle.
Fiorentina Looking To Regain Driving Seat
Paulo Sousa’s men might have dropped down to fourth due to lost points in recent weeks, but the Viola are still in strong form. In fact, the visitors haven’t been defeated in seven Serie A outings. And if they can keep that run going with a win against Roma, they’ll consider themselves back in pole position in the race for third.
There’s certainly enough quality within this side. Midfielder Josip Ilicic boasts 11 goals already while Milan Badelj and Jakub Blaszczykowski are capable of putting in match-winning performances too.
Meanwhile, fans and punters will be eager to see how former West Ham man Mauro Zarate plays for his new club whilst 11-goal striker Nikola Kalinic is another name that Premier League supporters may remember.
This is a difficult test for the visitors, but it could potentially put them back on track for a top three finish. It should be a thrilling spectacle, and we’ll be hoping to win some money too.
Fiorentina v AS Roma Betting
With home advantage on their side, Roma enter Friday’s encounter as the favourites. However, Bet365’s odds of Evens underlines the feeling that it might not be easy for the hosts. Meanwhile, the draw can be backed at 23/10 and Fiorentina are available at 11/4.
The reverse clash in Florence ended in a 2-1 win to Roma, and we have to fancy the hosts to hold a slight advantage here. They will be made to work hard for the win, but Spaletti’s men are more than capable.
However, we don’t think they will keep a clean sheet. As such we’re backing BTTS & Roma win at 3/1.
Our first selection means that we clearly think the home side can score at least twice. It wouldn’t surprise us if they actually hit three goals at the Stadio Olimpico. If they do that, then there’s every chance that they’ll find the net in both halves.
The likes El Shaarawy should give them a great chance of goals. At odds of 2/1, scoring in both halves has to be a player.