Last year Juventus had to play four times against Fiorentina and they emerged as winners in two matches. As they get ready to face them again in Coppa Italia, for the second time this season, La Vecchia Signora will attempt to break the average of one goal they are able to score against Fiorentina in two years.
The Serie A champions come from a Monday draw against AS Roma, where Keita cancelled Tevez’s opener and Juve found themselves unable to win against a 10-men Roma side. They are also on the first place in the Serie A table and with only seven conceded goals; Allegri is still calling for improvement: “We need to improve, as sometimes we lose sharpness and focus,” he said. The hosts are yet to lose a match this year, and all the faults they might display in the defensive line are heavily compensated by their great forward line. Morata earned his starting eleven spot against Roma by scoring the winner against Borussia Dortmund and a last minute goal against Parma.
Fiorentina slowly managed to build their momentum and now are on an unbeaten run of 12 matches, and after a resounding 2-0 win over Tottenham in Europa League, they managed to win against Inter in Serie A, which put them three points away from Champions League, and three points away from their next competitors for European football. Salah is getting more and more accustomed with Italian football and becoming indispensable for the Viola. He scored the winner against Inter, one of the goals against Tottenahm and has pretty much guaranteed a starting position against Juve.
Cesena proved it becomes easy to score against Juventus if you manage a goal in the opening 20 minutes, and Torino proved Fiorentina get easily distracted in the last 5 minutes of regular time where they could easily concede one or two goals. Juventus play at home which is why they are given 1.53 odds to win as opposed to Fiorentina’s 6.50. The hosts have 2.25 odds for both halves, Fiorentina 11.00 and both teams to score 1.83. Tevez has 1.95 odds to score, we’re betting 7 units on Morata to score with 2.37 odds, Mario Gomez and Pogba both have 3.40 odds to score and Salah has 5.50 odds as an anytime goalscorer with Bet365.
Juventus Torino: Team’s Formation
Fiorentina: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Alvaro Morata as an anytime goalscorer
Result: -7 units, bet lost
Coupe de France has an interesting quarter-final matchup as PSG get ready to clash with AS Monaco for the second time in three days. While the Ligue 1 clash ended in a draw, which did not hinder or increase either team’s chances to the title, in Coupe de France will be different since we’re looking at just one match.
Monaco played three games in a week, including the 3-1 Champions League win over Arsenal London, which prompted Leonardo Jardim to state: “We must adapt to this situation to manage the workforce reduced by injuries and suspensions.” He might have meant Wallace and Abdennour, which only adds to his injury worries including Carvalho, Ragi and Bakayoko. Monaco are currently 4th in Ligue 1, nine points behind PSG, who are still struggling with Ibrahmovic still suspended. Keeping in mind that two players from their defensive line are suspended and the other two injured, AS Monaco are still managing to live up to people’s expectations.
In this year’s edition of Coupe de France, Monaco conceded only one goal, against Rennes, all while scoring seven. PSG also conceded only one goal and scored seven, but the hosts are second in Ligue 1 even with their extensive list on injuries, Aurier, Cabaye and Motta will miss the cup match and perhaps the upcoming Champions League fixture. Matuidi lamented the lack of finishing touches his team displayed in Ligue 1 and vowed not to make the same mistakes at Parc des Princes. Lavezzi and Cavani were also unable to score a few days ago, which made Blanc say his team deserved more than one point from the match.
The last four matches between the two teams ended in identical 1-1 draws and another result like that has 6.50 odds with Ladbrokes. A Paris Saint Germain win has 1.61 odds, an AS Monaco win 5.75, and a draw at the end of regular time has 3.40 odds. PSG for both halves have 2.55 odds, Monaco 11.00 and over 1.5 goals 1.45 odds. Considering Monaco conceded more than one goal last time back in November we decided to place a bet on both teams to score with 2.30 odds from Ladbrokes.
Paris Saint Germain: Team’s Formation
AS Monaco: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Both teams to score
Bayer Leverkusen host Kaiserslautern at Bay Arena in an attempt to wash some of the last year’s embarrassment away. The fourth placed Bundesliga team crashed in the quarter finals against Kaiserslautern after a 0-1 loss in extra time, avoiding a 5-1 defeat in the semifinals at the hands of last year’s winners of the competition.
Kaiserslautern are third in Bundesliga’s second tier and are two goals away from a direct Bundesliga qualification. They have four wins in their last five matches and have conceded only three goals. This stage of the competition was reached after another extra time win over Wehen Wiesbaden and a 2-0 win over Greuther Fürth. Alex Ring is keen to repeat last year’s sensational result, even if Jenssen is yet to find the back of the net this year. Kaiserslautern are not having a good record in away games in the second Bundesliga with only two wins since April of last year, and with only four matches since the beginning of the year they could see themselves victims of Leverkusen’s attacks from the wings.
After the 4-5 defeat against Wolfsburg and the 2-2 draw against Augsburg, Bayer Leverkusen went on to somehow win against Atletico Madrid and Freiburg with the same 1-0 score. When playing at Bay Arena they have only one loss in 12 Bundesliga matches, which is why they will be confident of being able to overcome their last year’s nemesis. Calhanoglu, Bellarabi and Son are Leverkusen’s midfielders with 22 goals, and should find no trouble scoring early in the game. Schmidt received the news of having to start in the DFB Pokal without Bender who has a bruised ankle, and Kiessling was left frustrated with the shaky approach his team had to the game against Freiburg. The striker admitted his team were lucky not to concede in the last minutes of the game and asked for improvement against Kaiserslautern.
The bookmakers favor the hosts to win and offer them 1.44 odds to win as opposed to Kaiserslautern’s 7.50. A draw at the end of the regular time has 4.50 odds, and Bayer Leverkusen were given 1.20 odds to qualify, Kaiserslautern 4.33. A minimal 1-0 Leverkusen win has 7.50 odds; the hosts for both halves have 2.15 odds, Leverkusen as the last team to score 1.42 odds, Kaiserslautern 3.40 and we’re going to bet 7 units on Bayer Leverkusen to score over 1.5 goals in the second half with 2.70 odds from Titan Bet, because they have good players and a Stefan Kiessling who is hungry for goals.
Bayer Leverkusen: Team’s Formation
Kaiserslautern: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Bayer Leverkusen to score over 1.5 goals in the second half