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Club Brugge vs Fiorentina Preview

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
7 May 2024, 11:08

After a pretty intense first leg in Florence, where Fiorentina narrowly edged out a 3-2 victory thanks to a stoppage-time goal from M'Bala Nzola, the stage is set for an intense showdown in Brugge. The Italian side has a slim lead going into this match, but with Club Brugge's strong home record this season, the tie is still wide open. The teams approach this match with different mood, with Fiorentina losing its Serie A match against Verona (1-2), while Brugge has got another victory in Jupiler Pro League over Antwerp (1-2), allowing the team to consolidate their seat at the top of the league.

Club Brugge vs Fiorentina 

Club Brugge Preview

Club Brugge is heading into the second leg with a mix of hope and pressure. The Belgian team has been impressive in their European campaign, with a record of six wins and two draws at home this season, including qualifying matches. Key players like Igor Thiago, who has been a standout performer with his physicality and goal-scoring ability, and Hans Vanaken, the creative midfield maestro, will be crucial in overturning the deficit from the first leg. In this regard, the tactical shift from a 3-5-2 to a 4-2-3-1 formation under the guidance of Nicky Hayen has brought a new dynamism to Brugge's display, which allowed the team to advance to this stage. The team will surely miss one of the key midfielders, Raphael Onyedika, who was sent off in the first match, but there are plenty of players who can replace the 23-years-old Nigerian, including a Belgian wonderkid, Chemsdine Talbi.

Fiorentina Preview 

With European qualification through Serie A looking uncertain, the Conference League represents their best chance to end the season with silverware. The team will rely heavily on the likes of M'Bala Nzola, whose crucial goals have been vital in their European journey. Tactically, Fiorentina has demonstrated adaptability, but their defensive vulnerabilities have been exposed at times, notably when they have let leads slip. Fiorentina needs to be smart in the second leg. They need to use their away goals advantage, but they also need to be careful of Brugge's attacking threats.

Betting Tips for Club Brugge vs Fiorentina

Club Brugge Draw No Bet

Brugge maintains its impressive home run in all competitions, with the team won last 6 consecutive matches. Overall this season, the team has been defeated at Jan Breydel Stadium only once - in a match against Anderlecht (2-1). Fiorentina, in addition to the mounting pressure in Serie A, struggles with inconsistent form in the away games. The Viola has only 2 away wins in this year, with 7 losses and 3 draws. Given these variables, Brugge has strong chances to show its best on their own field. For this Club Brugge vs Fiorentina prediction, Unibet gives 1.83.

Total Goals Over 2.5

With the weakness of Fiorentina’s defence the team relies on classic postulate - to score more than to concede. While it is not always working, given the results of the team, Fiorentina matches are usually associated with a lot of goals scored. Thus, the last 4 out of 5 matches had more than 2 goals. Brugge, given the team’s attacking credentials, is also quite productive - 5 last consecutive matches were with more than 2 goals. Club Brugge vs Fiorentina odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.99.

First to Score - Club Brugge

Brugge has scored first in its last 8 out of 9 games and in the current circumstances, the team has to take an advantage as early as possible, in order to have chances to advance to the final. Given the poor Fiorentina’s away record and frequency of defensive mistakes, which allowed them to score two goals in the first leg, Brugge will have all the chances to be on the scoresheet first. Unibet gives 1.89 for this Club Brugge vs Fiorentina tip. 

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