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Fiorentina to Extend Great Run

Vlahovic Takes Aim at Serie A Goal-Scoring Mark

Fiorentina, with Dusan Vlahovic leading the attacking line, travels to play Verona on Wednesday. Fiorentina is looking to extend its amazing unbeaten streak. Our sportsbook is offering great odds for this matchup.

Verona vs. Fiorentina

Verona: Ups and downs

Igor Tudor’s squad started to look tired and enters this match on the back of two defeats in a row. It’s true, he lost just four in the last 15 games across all competitions but won just one in the last six. The winter break is coming at the right time for the hosts. Despite playing on home soil, Verona enters this game as +210 underdogs on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds.

They are relying too much on top scorer Giovanni Simeone. He scored 12 goals in his previous 13 Serie A games, but he looks very nervous lately and has picked up four yellow cards in his last six fixtures. He’s one yellow card away from being suspended.

Despite sitting 13th in the standings, Verona is one of the most entertaining teams in the league with 64 goals being scored during their 18 fixtures. However, their huge defensive struggles are the ones limiting their ambitions.

Verona will be without defender Giangiacomo Magnani after the center-back’s early red card at Torino while Federico Ceccherini will serve his one-round suspension after being booked for the fifth time this season. On top of that, Verona will be without Pawel Dawidowicz, Gianluca Frabotta, Koray Gunter and Nikola Kalinic, all with long-term injuries.

They kept just one clean sheet in their previous 11 games, and we expect them to extend this negative record against Fiorentina. Only six of 20 clubs have allowed more goals than Verona with most of them being relegation-threatened teams.

They are not a team to be backed for winning games, but you could always trust them to offer high-scoring affairs and we’ve won many soccer picks and parlays with that approach.

Fiorentina: On Fire

Fiorentina’s recent form has seen them move within six points of the top four. They are unbeaten in their last four domestic fixtures, winning three. Last weekend. they superbly came back from two goals down to win one point from the 2-2 draw against Sassuolo with Vlahovic scoring in his sixth consecutive game and Lucas Torreira contributing on the scoresheet and offering an assist.

Unfortunately, they lost key defender Cristiano Biraghi, who got red-carded against Sassuolo. As always, Vlahovic is worth an anytime goalscorer wager, after scoring almost half of his team’s league total this season. He has one more game in which he can eclipse Cristiano Ronaldo’s Serie A record of 33 goals in a calendar year.

Dusan and his agent have turned down Fiorentina’s new contract proposal. They offered the best salary in Fiorentina history, but Vlahovic is determined to leave in the winter transfer window or in the summer. Until then, if you’re betting online, you should include him to your scorers’ list.

With Verona’s form having been up and down over the past month, don’t expect them to win this clash. Fiorentina should return home with at least one point and finish the year in style, so we will sprinkle a small stake on an away win at +145, which will keep them in the mix for the Champions League spots. Our official pick is coming from the goals’ market as we expect a thrilling encounter between two super attacking teams.

Pick: Over 3 goals (+120)

 

Alex Campean

Alex Campean

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