Fiorentina hosts Atalanta in round 26 of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Sunday, February 20th at Stadio Artemio Franchi (Florence)
During the winter transfer window, Fiorentina lost key attacking player Dusan Vlahovic, who scored 17 goals (the team scored 40 goals at that time). The owner of the club wanted to get at least million euros for such a valuable asset. And he almost got this amount. Juventus spent 82 million euros on the purchase of a new striker. The Violets did not begin to squander such money. In place of the Serb, they rented Krzysztof Piatek from Hertha and bought promising striker Artur Cabral from Basel for 14 million. In addition, Fiorentina bought Ikone from Lille. The newcomers are adapting so far. After a home 0-3 defeat from Lazio, Vincenzo Italiano’s men gained two victories in a row in mid-February. First, they made it to the semifinals of the national cup, eliminating Atalanta (2-3). And then the Violets pulled an away victory over Spezia in the last minutes (1-2). Now Fiorentina is three points away from the European competition zone. And the team has one game in hand.
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Atalanta has been in the top four for a long time. It is this goal that the club is pursuing: to stay in the Champions League zone. But at one point, the results worsened sharply. Injuries to key players, the wrong choice of the starting lineup from Gian Piero Gasperini, and other factors influenced the team’s game. Taking into account the cup game, the Black and Blues have not managed to win in five matches in a row. In the previous round of the Italian Championship, they had the opportunity to regain the 4th line but lacked concentration in added time. Ruslan Malinovsky took the field in the second half and again upset Juventus with a long-range cannon shot, but the Zebras equalized in the 92nd minute. As a result, Atalanta remained in fifth place. But on Thursday, the Goddess gained a comeback victory over Olympiacos in the Europa League (2-1), and this will probably add confidence to the players.
It is unlikely that such a confrontation will be boring. Atalanta and Fiorentina are very productive teams that score and concede regularly. Both teams are motivated because each has its own goals. Atalanta wants to return to the top four, and Fiorentina got the opportunity to get closer to the European competition zone. In addition, the last ten head-to-head confrontations turned out to be rich in goals. Based on the situation, we recommend betting on Over 2.5 goals scored.