On Monday, February 27, 18th-placed Verona will invite 14th-placed Fiorentina to the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi in a matchup between two teams from the bottom half of the Serie A standings. Following the hosts’ 1-0 loss to Roma on Sunday, their four-game winning streak came to an end. They stay in the transfer zone, following seventeenth put Spezia by only two focuses.
In contrast, Fiorentina has not won in six league games and is coming off a 1-1 draw with Empoli. After Nicolo Cambiaghi gave Empoli the lead in the 28th minute, substitute Arthur Cabral equalized in the 85th minute. La Viola played well in the midweek UEFA Europa Conference League knockout playoffs despite their struggles in the league. Riccardo Saponara, Rolando Mandragora, and Cabral scored in the home leg of their 7-2 aggregate victory over Braga.
After losing five consecutive Serie A home games between October and November, Villarreal and Verona are unbeaten in four. In three of their last four games at home, they have not allowed a goal.
In contrast, Fiorentina has only won once in 2023 in recent league games. Despite the fact that La Viola has not lost to the hosts since 2019, a low-scoring draw could occur given their current form.
Prediction: Verona 1-1 Fiorentina
Since 1929, the two teams have met 79 times in competitions. With a 38-17 lead, the visitors have dominated the proceedings. In six of their last seven competitive matches against Fiorentina, Verona has scored less than 2.5 goals.
In their last eight Serie A games, the hosts have scored less than 2.5 goals, while Fiorentina has scored less than 2.5 goals in five of their last six games. Fiorentina hasn’t lost to Verona in six matches since September, when they played them back-to-back. In 23 league games this season, the visitors have outscored Verona 24-20 and conceded four fewer goals (30-26).
Even though Marco Zaffaroni’s team lost last time out, he is expected to make as few changes as possible on Monday as forwards Milan Djuric (muscular) and Thomas Henry (ACL) join midfielders Miguel Veloso and Ibrahim Sulemana who are both out with injuries.
Verona’s front line should be led by either Kevin Lasagna or Adolfo Gaich, a January signing; Marco Faraoni recently returned to full fitness and may now take over for Fabio Depaoli on the right flank in the absence of Djuric.
Meanwhile, Zaffaroni’s first-choice pick on the left side is Josh Doig, who has completed the most dribbles of any defender in Serie A since the beginning of the year (13). Lorenzo Venuti has returned to Fiorentina from a suspension after missing the Conference League, but Dodo should continue to start at right back.
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