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Fiorentina Closes on the European Spots

European Weekend Banker: Cagliari vs. Fiorentina

Fiorentina doubled up their impressive 5-2 win over Napoli from the Italian Cup with another superb 6-0 victory against Genoa. They travel to play Cagliari on Sunday, trying to secure their fifth place in the standings and close the gap on the Champions League spots. You can live-bet on the Italian top-flight league by using our sportsbook.

Cagliari: Ups and downs

After crucial wins against Bologna and Sampdoria, Cagliari returned to losing ways last weekend failing to score against AS Roma and dropping all three points. It’s important to note that they were lucky to allow one with AS Roma missing some crazy sitters and against them.

Fiorentina closes on the European spots

They are sitting 18th in the standings with just 16 points earned in 22 games, two points behind the first salvation spot occupied by Venezia. They enter this clash as underdogs being priced at +350 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds.

They have three wins to their name with two of them coming in front of their fans, but they lost five of their 11 home games conceding 20 goals in the process. They lost the reverse match 3-0 on the road to Fiorentina recording just one shot on target and three goal-attempts. They will be without Simone Aresti, Raoul Bellanova, Alessio Cragno, Alessandro Deiola, Matteo Lovato and Alberto Grassi all testing positive with covid. There are now 11 positive cases at Cagliari between the senior and youth squads, but the match is not in danger.

Cagliari have the third-worst defense in the league with 43 goals conceded in 22 games. They lost all their games against the top seven teams in the standings (1-0 and 2-1 to AS Roma, 4-0 to Inter, 4-1 to AC Milan, 2-1 to Atalanta, 2-0 to Juventus, 2-0 to Napoli). Let’s not forget that in their wins against Sampdoria and Bologna they came back from one goal down beating them both 2-1 but they were outplayed in the first half of both games with two of their four goals coming after big mistakes or deflections.

Given their defensive struggles, squad issues, and form, we don’t expect them to find the back of the net against Fiorentina, so make sure you don’t include them in your soccer picks and parlays.

Fiorentina: Scoring Machine

Arsenal’s target Dusan Vlahovic became the second player in Fiorentina’s history to contribute to the scoreboard in seven consecutive Serie A games. Fiorentina managed to end their winless league run by destroying Genoa last Monday, scoring six goals past their Serie A opponents.

After that impressive win, Fiorentina managed to leapfrog AS Roma in the standings, sitting sixth before the weekend action. They are seven points behind the Champions League spots, and they will fight till the end to give their fans something to cheer for. Vincenzo Italiano’s side started well and looked calm when in possession and it didn’t take long before they launched their amazing attacking firepower.

They recorded 22 goal-attempts, 12 shots on target, and 74% ball possession giving no chance to their opponents. The great thing about Fiorentina is that they never stop going forward no matter if they are two, or three goals up. They have one of the best attacks in the league with 40 goals netted in 21 games.

They are favorites to win this clash, but they are overpriced so let’s take them before it’s not too late. In case you see the price dropping and the line moving from ML to -1, that’s a great bet too. Fiorentina should have enough to cover the spread.

For the past few years, Fiorentina have flirted with relegation, but Vincenzo Italiano has brought enthusiasm, energy, attacking impetus, and no shortage of tactical intelligence to a side previously lacking all four of those factors. Their sudden, dramatic improvement is even more spectacular when considering that they spent a total of just $32.74m to sign five players during the summer’s transfer window.

They have an amazing fighting spirit, and they are a team to watch so if you’re betting online, you should start backing Fiorentina. More than that if you love betting on props, Dusan Vlahovic is one of the most consistent strikers in European football given his numbers, power, and skills.

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