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Fiorentina vs Club Brugge Preview

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
2 May 2024, 09:44

The semifinals between Fiorentina and Club Brugge will kick off in Florence, where Vincenzo Italiano’s side will do its best to secure the place in the final for a second year in the row. After a hard-won clash against Viktoria Plzeň, where the Viola managed to break through only in the extra time, the team will face the task of stopping Brugge, who recently took on an impressive run. The team once again regained its confidence after the second leg with PAOK, where the Greeks were beaten 2-0 and continues its unbeaten run that lasts for 8 matches. The teams have never met in head to head matches; thus, this clash will open their history.

Fiorentina vs Club Brugge 

Fiorentina Preview

Fiorenitna faces a harsh situation in the Serie A in terms of European qualification for the next season. The team sits in 8th place, with a 5-points gap from Lazio and a Conference League spot. The Viola were also eliminated from the Coppa Italia by Atalanta (4-1), despite an advantage of one goal from the first leg. Thus, the Conference League can be the only option for Vincenco Italiano to see his team in the European competitions in the next season. As for the positive moments, Fiorentina showed a nearly-perfect display in a weekend match against Sassuolo (5-1) and has all the squad ready for the upcoming match, with only M'Bala Nzola being sidelined due to injury.

Club Brugge Preview 

After appointing Nicky Hayen as an interim manager in March, the team is unbeaten - 7 wins and 1 draw. In addition to advancing through the Conference League, this run helped the team to get back on the first place in Jupiler Pro League, where Brugge currently shares the top with Anderlecht, both having 42 points. After a seemingly tough season, Brugge currently has all the chances to reclaim the league title once again, and advance to the European tournament final, which will most likely bring Hayen under a long-term contract. However, despite Brugge's incredible form, the team still has its moments in the defensive build up which can be exploited by classy opponents, such as Fiorentina. Another source of worry for the fans in the upcoming match is that Brugge consistently struggles against Italian teams, with a current streak of 11 unwinning matches (4 draws and 7 losses).

Betting Tips for Fiorentina vs Club Brugge

Fiorentina to Win

Fiorentina’s last chance to qualify for the European competitions for the next season may come from the Conference League, given the tight situation in Serie A and elimination from Coppa Italia. The team showed an excellent display against Sassuolo (5-1) and are still unbeaten in the Conference League. Brugge, while showing a decent build-up against PAOK, are still finding their game under Nicky Hayen, with several vulnerabilities that can be exploited. For this Fiorentina vs Club Brugge prediction, Unibet gives 1.73.

Total Goals Over 2.5

Both teams do not lean on defensive football, especially when it comes to recent matches. Fiorentina’s last two matches ended with a total of 11 goals, while Brugge saw 10 of its last 13 games over with more than 2 goals on the scoresheet. While the stakes are getting higher amid the end of the season, both coaches will not put the defensive performances at the centre of the upcoming match. Having such strikers as Nicolás González and Igor Thiago, it will be hard to expect a low-scoring match. Fiorentina vs Club Brugge odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.98.

First to Score - Fiorentina 

Vincenzo Italiano emphasised the importance of the first goal, recalling the clashes with Plzeň, where Fiorentina managed to score only after 180 minutes. The message to the players was clear - it is important to score as early as possible and capitalise on the advantage. Unibet gives 1.59 for this Fiorentina vs Club Brugge tip.

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