Roma vs Fiorentina
|Date & Time||Thursday March 12, 2015, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Fiorentina 7/5 Draw 9/4 Roma 9/4
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One of the games of the night in the Europa League will be the all Italian game between Fiorentina and Roma. Fiorentina are one of the form teams in the league losing just once in their last fifteen games. Fiorentina have been inspired by Mohamad Salah since his arrival from Chelsea and he has four goals in his last three games. The winger has been sensational and Fiorentina have won three of the last four behind his goals. They came undone at the weekend against a good Lazio team and lost 4-0 but overall Fiorentina do look like one of the teams capable of winning this competition. They face a huge test tonight though against a Roma defence that just doestn concede many goals.
Roma have drawn ten of the last fifteen games in all competitions and incredible run but one that has seen them lose significant ground on Juventus at the top of Serie A and which has left them just four points clear of their cross city rivals Lazio. Totti , Ljajic and Pjanic will be key figures for the Romans as they try to negotiate this tricky tie against Fiorentina. Roma have lost just one of their last sixteen games and that was against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia. It's hard to know if Roma will really want to progress in this competition as their league form has suffered of late and they may be better served concentrating on one front. But I am sure Roma fans and the team would love to finish the season with a trophy and this is the only realistic chance of one.
I'm going to take the draw here. Roma's strong defence should be enough to frustrate Fiorentina and I think Roma will be happy to bring this game back to the Stadio Olympico all tied up. Fiorentina while the form team have struggled to break down good defences when they have come up against them this season and while I think both teams may find the net I think 1-1 or 0-0 is the most likely result tonight and hence the value in the 9/4 on the draw.