League: ITALY: Serie A – Round 22
Match: 15:00 Fiorentina – Verona
Prediction: Home Win
Average odds: 1.31
Bookmaker: bwin
Result: 1:4 WIN!!!


Fiorentina saw their stilted Serie A (SA) season hit another bump against Sampdoria last weekend. The 3-1 loss saw their unbeaten streak stopped at eight (W2, D6, L0) leaving them 11th with 28 points. That’s just three points lesser than AC Milan in seventh, but only five above the relegation zone.
Their visitors Verona are at the centre of a relegation whirlpool and find themselves in 19th after 21 games with 13 points. After four consecutive losses, the patience of the Verona fans is being tested and this match could be the last chance for coach Fabio Pecchia to save his job!
La Viola’s home form is impressive with just one loss in nine matches (W4, D4, L1). For a side that has an equal number of wins, draws, and losses (seven) in the league, their home form is particularly a worry for fans. Can they ride on the storm and stay above the drop zone?
Verona have a dismal away record in SA – only Benevento have fewer points than their six. With just one win in ten games (W1, D3, L6). It doesn’t help that they have conceded the second most goals (44) in SA.
With the interesting fact that Fiorentina are undefeated at home in 27 matches and Verona not winning away in 27 matches – could we see Verona break that record with a draw or win? Or will Fiorentina pile more misery on their opponents here today?
Key battles: Fiorentina’s Giovanni Simeone has had a hand in one-third of Fiorentina’s goals (seven goals, three assists) so far in SA.
His task won’t be easy, though, as Verona’s keeper Nicolas has been in heroic form for the visitors.
Stat attack: Verona’s last defeat in Florence was in December 2013, remaining unbeaten in their last two visits (W1, D1, L0).
Fiorentina have lost only once to Verona in their last ten encounters (W8, D1, L1). There has never been a goalless draw in their 17 competitive matches.