Game: ACF Fiorentina vs Liverpool FC
Competition: UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday 2
Venue: Artemio Franchi – Florence – Italy
KO Time: 20:45 (CET)
Fiorentina will play hosts to Liverpool on Tuesday after a disappointing loss to Lyon on Matchday 1. The Viola will try to continue their Serie A form into the Champions League while the Merseysiders will also be trying to emulate their domestic league form in Europe. Here are some bookmakers you’d if you’re a betting person:
Form Guide (Last five games- all competitions-ACF Fiorentina)
Livorno 0-1 Fiorentina(Jovetic)
Fiorentina 2-0 Sampdoria(Gilardino, Jovetic)
Roma 3-1 Fiorentina(De Rossi, Totti*2-Gilardino)
Lyon 1-0 Fiorentina (Miralem Pjanić)
Fiorentina 1-0 Cagliari (Gilardino)
Alberto Gilardino and 19-yr old sensation Stevan Jovetić are in top form and the Viola supporters will be expecting goals from them. Fiorentina have no injury or suspension concerns for the match.
Form Guide (Last five games- all competitions- Liverpool)
Liverpool 6-1 Hull City (Torres*3, Gerrard, Babel*2-Geovanni)
Leeds United 0-1 Liverpool (Ngog)
West Ham United 2-3 Liverpool (Diamanti, Cole-Torres*2, Kuyt)
Liverpool 1-0 Debrecen (Kuyt)
Liverpool 4-0 Burnley (Benayoun*3, Kuyt)
Fernando Torres is on a hot streak after netting a hat-trick against Hull City on Saturday, while skipper Gerrard, Kuyt and Benayoun have also been on the scoresheet in recent games. The Fiorentina defence face an uphill task to stop the Liverpool strike force from scoring.The Reds will miss Alberto Aquilani’s experience against the Italian club as he is out with a long term injury. However, Liverpool’s last four away games against Serie A teams have yielded two wins and two draws.
Liverpool beat Inter Milan 1-0 on their last trip to Italy in the first knockout round in 2008 while Fiorentina beat their neighbours Everton 2-0 in the UEFA Cup round of 16 in 2007/08 in their last encounter with an English side at home.
Match Verdict: – Liverpool remained unbeaten away from home in Europe last season and look to continue the same form this term as well. Fiorentina will provide stiff resistance but Liverpool may clinch it with a single goal.
ACF Fiorentina 0-1 Liverpool (Torres)