AC Fiorentina vs. Inter Milan / Serie A – Inter is doing much better on the championship table and this team has won 14 points more than Fiorentina, but Inter is in a big crisis that has brought them a series of six games without a win and elimination from the Cup. Fiorentina was eliminated in the Cup, but they have a series of six games without defeat in the championship. In the first round of the tournament both teams have played draws at home. At the start of this season Inter has easily and confidently overcame Fiorentina with 3-0, but they are without a triumph in Florence since 2014. Begins: 05.01.2018. – 20:45 CET
This is now a very long and beautiful positive first series of matches without defeat for Fiorentina, and the only drawback is the fact that there are a lot of draws in that series. They have not lost for seven rounds, and they played five draws in that series and each time that draw was with a few goals while they in both wins kept their net intact. In the previous five rounds they only received one goal and this was in the match against Milan in the last round.
They were the hosts in that match and it is difficult to say whether they are satisfied with one point, but they took the lead 20 minutes before the end and only three minutes later they scored a goal. It should be said that they were before that match eliminated from the Cup after a defeat by Lazio and that they were in a fairly modified composition where there are no injured players and now Chiesa could return to the team even though he has minor problems like Badelj and Astori.
Probable lineups AC Fiorentina: Sportiello – Laurini, Pezzella, Astori, Biraghi – Benassi, Chiesa, Badelj, Veretout – Thereau, Simeone
Inter’s crisis continues and they have already lost their chance to win the trophy in the Cup because they were eliminated by their city rival Milan, while they are now lagging seven points behind the leading Napoli. Above them is Juventus and it is difficult to expect that they would succeed to skip both rivals by the end, and Roma and Lazio are also a threats, so the placement in the Champions League is very much questionable. They could have achieved a noticeable advantage over Lazio if they have managed to defeat them in the last round on their field, however, it was 0-0 and it was already the sixth game in a row in which they did not celebrate.
These are four rounds without a win only in the championship and they played two draws without goals, in two derbies with Juventus and Lazio, while they were defeated by the weaker rivals, Udinese and Sassuolo. Coach Spalletti changes the team only when he is forced, so Ranocchia replaced the injured Miranda on the center-back. Now we expect the same team on the field, as the last round.
Probable lineups Inter Milan: S.Handanovic – J.Cancelo, Skriniar, Ranocchia, Santon – Vecino, Gagliardini – Candreva, Borja Valero, Perisic – Icardi
AC Fiorentina vs. Inter Milan PICK
Fiorentina is currently in a much better form, but they are also having a difficult time to win. Inter has not mastered anyone for a long time and they hope that they can finally do something in this match, which is why we expect goals on both sides of the field.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.75 at bet365 (down to 1.65 can be played)